Five fantastic United volleys
It’s 19 years to the day since Paul Scholes netted that simply stunning volley against Bradford City.
To celebrate the anniversary, we've picked out four more of United's all-time best volleys for you to enjoy. Watch them in the video player above and read more about them below...
As all hope looked lost at Wembley 25 years ago, Sparky popped up with the most timely of strikes to secure an FA Cup semi-final replay. Oldham looked set to advance to the final, but as the referee’s watch ticked past 90 minutes, the ball was flicked into the box and somehow Hughes managed to find the sweetest of connections. It proved to be an invaluable goal for the Reds as we won the replay at Maine Road a few weeks later and it set us on our way to winning the Double in 1994 - the first in the club’s history.
The midfielder bagged our third goal in a 4-0 win against the Bantams 19 years ago today (Monday). David Beckham floated a corner out to Scholes, who was so far out he wasn’t even picked up by the TV cameras! Yet when he met it, there was no stopping the volley, which rifled past the helpless Bradford keeper Matt Clarke.
Pure passion. Pure technique. That was what Rooney was all about. His volley against Newcastle was a perfect example of channelled aggression, and it nearly took the net off! It ultimately inspired a superb United comeback, as Wes Brown netted his first United goal in the latter stages to secure three points for the Reds.
The second entry from Scholesy - we’ll let you decide which was better. Six years on from his rocket at Valley Parade, he netted another unstoppable volley - this time either side of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace, to help the Reds to a 3-0 win at Villa Park. Once again, it was from a corner, this time the ball was headed clear by the Villa defence, only for Scholes to connect with it perfectly from all of 25 yards and send our away following into raptures.
What a way to win a title! Van Persie’s hat-trick against the Villans secured our record-breaking 20th league triumph, but his second was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. Rooney turned provider on this occasion and his pass from inside his own half picked out our no.20, who lost his marker and rifled a thumping effort past Villa keeper Brad Guzan.
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