Beckham made his name as a United player with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 season and he was in attendance at Upton Park to see Rooney score a long-range lob of his own.

With eight minutes on the clock, Rooney outmuscled West Ham defender James Tomkins on halfway before looking up and dispatching a looping half-volley that bounced over befuddled goalkeeper Adrian and into the net.

The England striker's goal was his 211th in United's colours, drawing him level with Jack Rowley in third place on the list of the club's all-time leading scorers behind Bobby Charlton (249) and Denis Law (237).