Wayne Rooney described equalling Denis Law’s goal tally for Manchester United as a “huge honour” following his late winner in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow.
The goal means that Rooney is now level with Law as the club’s second highest goalscorer, having netted 237 times for the Reds – a tally which began in the same competition with a hat-trick on his debut against Fenerbache in 2004. The United captain is now just 13 strikes short of overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of the chart.
Speaking after the match, Wayne declared his immense pride at this latest achievement and reflected on a difficult victory against a strong CSKA Moscow side at Old Trafford for United.
“I am extremely proud, Denis [Law] is a legend for this club. To equal his goalscoring record is a huge honour for me.
“It was a tough game, it is difficult when teams come and defend. We had to keep digging away at them, it was really hard to break them down. Thankfully the chance came at the end and we got the goal, it was a big win for us. I think we deserved the three points.
“It was an important game and an important goal in this Champions league campaign. It is a tight group, but thankfully we are top at the minute.”
The goalscorer was quick to praise United goalkeeper David de Gea for a key save, as he dived low to deny Seydou Doumbia only a minute before Rooney eventually gave United the lead.
“To keep his concentration like that and to make a save like he did was crucial,” said the skipper.