Wayne Rooney’s phenomenal 60-yard strike against West Ham has been named Goal of the Season at the club’s annual awards dinner.
The memorable effort, that carried more than a few hallmarks of David Beckham’s 1996 half-way line strike against Wimbledon, broke the deadlock in the Reds’ match against the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground and caught the eye of the footballing world.
Latching on to Ashley Young’s punt forward, the Reds’ no. 10 proceeded to launch a thunderous effort towards the Hammers’ goal. The ball hurtled through the air before dipping in over the flailing West Ham stopper Adrian.
Speaking to host for the evening, Jim Rosenthal, Wayne spoke of his delight that the effort came off.
"It was a goal that I am really pleased with, I do think David Beckham's was a bit better, but I was happy to score," Wayne commented.
"I did worry that it might bounce over the goalkeeper at first, but you just have to hope for the best. Thankfully it came off."
Wayne beat off competition from Patrice Evra and Adnan Januzaj to win the Goal of the Season prize after polling 58 per cent of the votes. Evra’s scorching drive away at Bayern Munich was second with Januzaj’s second United strike at the Stadium of Light voted third.