Goal of the Day: Rooney's at the double
Our chosen 'Goal of the Day' comes from 2004/05, when Wayne Rooney helped kickstart the Reds' campaign...
Date: 14 November 2004, St James' Park, Premier League
Background: With new signing Wayne Rooney absent through injury until the end of September, United experienced an inconsistent start to the campaign, drawing five of our opening nine Premier League games. The 2-0 win at Old Trafford, which ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run, was followed by defeat at Portsmouth and a stalemate in the Manchester derby, leaving the Reds seventh in the table, 11 points behind Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
What happened next: Alan Shearer’s superb individual goal drew the Magpies level, but Ruud van Nistelrooy converted a penalty following a Shay Given foul, to put United back in the ascendancy. An apparent late leveller for the home side was then ruled out for a foul and Rooney added a second deep into injury-time to kick off a sequence of 14 wins in 16 league games, that would catapult us to second by March.
“With Chelsea and Arsenal winning, it's a big win,” said Rooney.
“It keeps us in the race. No one should write us off.”