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249 goals: Rooney proud to equal Charlton record

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Wayne Rooney celebrates after equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United all-time scoring record during the English FA Cup third round match against Reading at Old Trafford

And Rooney opened the scoring in the 7th minute, guiding home a Juan Mata cross with his knee to equal United legend Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals for the Red Devils.

Evans later tweeted to clarify that the pair had exchanged shirts in the tunnel and congratulated Rooney on his record-equalling strike.

"It is a proud moment", Rooney said.

Though Manchester United are favourites to win the game, Reading would have a say as they have won eight out of ten games since losing at Arsenal in the EFL Cup fourth round back in October. To be up there with Sir Bobby in terms of goals is a huge honour. That made it 2-0, in a game that would wind up 4-0 to United.

United have been altered and made an emergency landing to enter the injured Phil Jones Marcos Rojo place, and nearly scored Marcial's second goal in the match after he hit the ball with his left foot nearly easy to pass between the legs of Al Habsi, who remedied the situation and grabbed her.

There were several draws that will see replays upcoming - Norwich twice levelled with Southampton to force a return bout at St. Marys, Championship sides Newcastle and Birmingham will also go again after a 1-1 draw.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the English League Cup Quarter Final match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester on November 30, 2016.

Rooney and Charlton are ahead of some of the finest players that Manchester United and British football has known.

United's second goal was by Anthony Martial off a brilliant interchange of play with Rooney, while Marcus Rashford bagged a brace. Personal gongs eluded him, but to be fair, they've eluded nearly everyone thanks to Messrs Messi and Ronaldo who've made the World Player of the Year and Ballon D'or awards their personal fiefdom. It was great but I want one more goal.

In the 55minute, Rooney nearly went and claimed the record all to himself.

The club have been linked with centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Jose Fonte of late, but Mourinho has stated that he is happy with the current crop of defenders at his disposal.

A regular supplier of goals for the club in the past, the 31-year-old proved that he still had the proficiency to slot the ball into the back of the net.

He and Ibrahimovic are both top-quality players, and they will work to make their partnership better, but Mourinho has a dilemma now that Rooney is fit and scoring again.

The 19-year-old's run was untracked as he first ran onto Micheal Carrick's precise pass to notch United's third and his first goal since September.

What must also be remembered is that Rooney has had a stellar United career littered with trophies, brilliance and game-changing moments.

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