Rooney apes Beckham with 50-yard wonder goal
Wayne Rooney took his cue from watching Manchester United predecessor David Beckham with a breath-taking 50-yard goal in his side's Premier League game at West Ham United on Saturday.
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).