Manchester United enter the FA Cup at the third-round stage at home to Swansea City on Sunday, and Wayne Rooney has more reasons than most to look forward to playing again in the world’s oldest domestic club competition.
The talismanic no.10 has hit the back of the net 17 times for the Reds in the FA Cup, which ranks him joint-sixth on the club’s list, alongside Mark Hughes. Just ahead of him is Sir Bobby Charlton with 19, while Stan Pearson and George Best’s tallies of 21 could also conceivably be caught by the England international if United make good progress in this season’s edition of the competition. Jack Rowley (26) and Denis Law (34) will probably remain out of reach for the time being.
Wayne opened his account in the FA Cup for the club on 19 January 2005 when he scored the second goal in a 2-0 replay win away at Exeter City, while his most recent strike came at the quarter-final stage against Chelsea at Old Trafford last season.
Having just notched his 150th league goal for United – only the sixth player to do so – on Boxing Day, Wayne is well-placed to add to his impressive collection of cup contributions as the Reds go in search of a 12th FA Cup triumph.
Click on the photo above to open up our gallery of Wayne’s FA Cup goal-scoring exploits.
This article first appeared in United Uncovered, the official Manchester United newsletter.