Public vote: United's best Boxing Day goal

Wednesday 22 December 2021 10:00

Boxing Day matches are one of the great traditions of English football.

Since our first 26 December outing, way back in 1892, Manchester United have played on Boxing Day 97 times – far more than on any other date in the calendar.

With our trip to Newcastle United taking place on 27 December, 2021 will mark our first year without a game on the day after Christmas since 2009 - but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate some great Boxing Day moments of the past.

Indeed, our ‘Goal of the Day’ slot for this year is currently unfilled and we’re asking you to select it from a shortlist of five brilliant strikes, dating from 2007 to 2019 – our last 26 December fixture with fans in attendance at Old Trafford.

You can watch each of the nominated goals in the video below, before voting for your favourite in the poll. Here’s a bit of context around each…

Five Boxing Day goals: Which is your favourite? Video

Five Boxing Day goals: Which is your favourite?

Ronaldo, Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Lingard and Greenwood have all scored stunners on 26 December in recent years…


United were two up and cruising to a fifth consecutive Premier League win when Ronny took the breath away with a brilliant free-kick. Our no.7 found the top corner from around 20 yards out but this strike is often forgotten these days, as it arrived a month before an even more famous set-piece effort, at home to Portsmouth…


Like Ronaldo, Rooney was known for his spectacular United goals and this half-volley was no exception. The Reds had work to do after early goals from James Chester and David Meyler, although Chris Smalling did pull one back before Rooney had his moment. Danny Welbeck chested a high ball down to our then-captain, who cushioned it on his thigh before unleashing a rocket past Allan McGregor. United went on to win 3-2, after Chester’s second-half own goal.


An otherwise routine home win was drawing to a close when the Armenian produced a quite unique piece of skill to make it 3-0 to the Reds. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross from the right was slightly behind Henrikh, but he adjusted his body quickly and diverted the ball into the net via his heel! Olivier Giroud replicated the ‘scorpion’ action with a goal for Arsenal around a week later, but we’re not sure we’ve seen a similar United effort before or since.

UTD Unscripted: The Day I Invented A Goal


Our former Armenian playmaker explains how he scored one of Old Trafford's most remarkable goals, on Boxing Day 2016.


Sean Dyche’s Clarets threatened to ruin Christmas by racing into a 2-0 half-time lead and, while a Lingard double would eventually rescue a point, the first goal was arguably the more aesthetically pleasing. Ashley Young’s driven cross was heading towards Jesse in the box, but with a Burnley defender at his back, there was seemingly nowhere to go. Cue a cute back-heel flick, and United were right back in it…


The Magpies won’t have fond memories of our last Christmas clash, as a rampant Reds ran out 4-1 winners despite Matty Longstaff’s 17th-minute opener. Anthony Martial scored a well-taken brace, while Marcus Rashford was also among the goals, but Mason’s brutal, bludgeoned finish for United’s second was definitely the most eye-catching of the quartet…

Which of the five strikes in our video do you believe was our best Boxing Day goal?poll

Which of the five strikes in our video do you believe was our best Boxing Day goal?

So, which one do you want to see as ‘Goal of the Day’ this weekend, on Boxing Day?

Be sure to vote before the poll closes later this week.