Manchester United face Derby County this Thursday in the FA Cup Fifth Round. Solskjaer and his men will come up against a very familiar face, in club legend Wayne Rooney.
We look back at the United’s greatest ever scorer five best FA Cup goals.
5. First up was his rocket of a goal against Watford in the semi-final of the 2006/07 season. The goal set the club on its way to yet another FA Cup final, this time at the then new-Wembley stadium.
Collecting the ball on the left hand side of the box, he cut in and sent a blasting shot into the roof of the net. United ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
4. Rewinding back to his first season at the club, United came up against Middlesborough in the fourth round. The first of two excellent goals in this game, he embarrassed the on-rushing Mark Schwarzer with an incredible 40-yard lob. Some goal for the then 19 year-old.
There was more to come from him in that game though, the next goal we’ll come on to a little later.
3. The goal with perhaps the most relevance going into this week’s match, was Rooney’s curler against his current club Derby County. A stunning effort from the left hand side of the box that nestled neatly in the bottom right corner of the net.
It wasn’t all straight forward as Derby equalised before half-time. Goals from Blind and Mata however, saw United through to the next round. The last time United knocked Derby out of the FA Cup they went on to win it… Let’s hope history can repeat itself.
2. The second of his goals in the Middlesborough game from 2005, was a sublime volley. A long ball forward, flicked on by Louis Saha fell nicely to Rooney who fired past a stretching Schwarzer.
Not quite on the level of that volley he hit against Newcastle United later that season, but impressive all the same.
1. Another one from the 2006/07 season. this time from the fourth round and against Portsmouth. Scoring twice, having come off the bench – it was his second goal that made all the headlines.
A sumptuous chip from outside the box, beat the 6’4, David James and left the goalkeeper standing still.
It was a beautiful goal that epitomised the quality that Rooney brought every time he wore a Manchester United shirt.
United travel to Pride Park this Thursday evening hoping to progress in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Rooney however, will be hoping to get one over his former club by leading Derby to victory.
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