Cup, thanks to his winner in the final and a brace off the bench in the semi.
There was more success to follow in 2008/09 as the England striker picked up his third league winners' medal with the Reds in May. Sadly, however, Rooney and United couldn't add another European title as Barcelona ran out victorious in the Champions League final in Rome.
The striker began the 2009/10 campaign in fine fettle and, in the 5-0 thrashing of Wigan in August, he fired his 100th and 101st goals for the club. Come May, that tally was 131 as Rooney appeared, at times, to steer the Reds almost single-handedly through both domestic and European waters. His feats were rewarded with a clutch of individual honours, including the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.
Rooney had always displayed remarkable promise: now he had proved the hype was more than justified. In October 2010 he penned a new 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