five-year deal, guaranteeing his long-term United future. And while the striker didn't reach anything near top form until the second half of 2010/11, his contribution to the Reds' record-breaking 19th league title was undeniable. When it mattered most, Rooney was there to bang in the goals and drive United towards glory. He dragged Sir Alex's men back from 2-0 down to net a hat-trick in United's 4-2 win at West Ham and kept his nerve to slot home the penalty at Ewood Park that ultimately clinched the title.
United’s number 10 continued his role as talisman into the 2011/12 season, forming a formidable partnership with loan-returnee
Danny Welbeck. Wayne notched up 34 goals to move ahead of United legend George Best in the table of most prolific United goalscorers, with only Jack Rowley, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton now ahead of him.
Charlton’s record, which had hitherto looked impregnable, now stands on less steady ground. With Rooney only just reaching the peak of his career, it would take a brave man to bet against him overtaking one of the most famous footballers ever to play the game.
Shinji Kagawa's arrival in 2012 influenced Rooney’s role and he turned his hand to a deeper midfield brief on numerous occasions in 2012/13,