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03/12/2012 14:57, Report by Ben Hibbs

Rooney earns fans' vote

Wayne Rooney topped ManUtd.com's Man of the Match poll for his two-goal show in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Reading.

The United no.10 clinched fans’ approval with a convincing 81% of the vote, ahead of Ashley Young (8%), Robin van Persie (7%), and Patrice Evra (4%).

Sir Alex praised his three-pronged attack for "a rescue job" having twice gone behind to The Royals. “Wayne was fantastic in the first half, as were Robin and Ashley,” said the boss.

Rooney scored twice to double his Barclays Premier League tally this season, sending Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici the wrong way with a penalty on 16 minutes to put United 2-1 up. Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison put Reading in front, but Rooney rounded off a slick attacking move to level the scores on the half hour mark and then his subtle flick set up van Persie’s match-clincher.

It was an influential all-round performance from Rooney, who, after playing an important role in United’s attacking endeavours in the first half, put in a shift to help tighten up the Reds’ rearguard after the break. 

"I'm sure for the coaches and fans watching it was agonising," Wayne said afterwards. "But we always believe in ourselves. Even though we went behind twice we believed we could win the game and showed that we've got great character in the team."

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