Sir Bobby Charlton reacts to Wayne Rooney becoming Manchester United’s top goalscorer

by Leo Nieboer

Sir Bobby Charlton has reacted to Wayne Rooney breaking his 43-year long all-time goalscoring record at Manchester United against Stoke City, noting that he was disappointed to lose the record” but delighted for the 31-year-old.

Rooney, who equalled Sir Bobby’s record against Reading earlier this month, went ahead of the former Man United midfielder in the all-time rankings with a sensational injury-time free-kick against Mark Hughes’ men.

His late equaliser also ensured that United preserved their unbeaten record – now extended to 17 games – and momentum going forward in the Premier League.

And Charlton, speaking after the game, was full of praise for the captain.

“I’d be lying to say I’m not disappointed to lose the record. However, I can honestly say I’m delighted for Wayne.”

“He’s a true great for club and country. It’s fitting he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”

Charlton also went to personally congratulate Rooney in the dressing room after the game.

The prospect of Rooney breaking the all-time record has lingered in the air for some time, and the 31-year-old will be glad that such a milestone has been finally conquered after almost a year of prattle. United fans will hope that the captain, now unburdened following his goal against Stoke, will play with a greater sense of freedom over the next few months.

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