'Scoring a goal is like coming up for air': Rooney shows poetic side before taking aim at Wigan

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Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

WAYNE ROONEY GOT a touch poetic today when asked to describe his feelings when scoring one of his 250 Manchester United goals.

The 31-year-old became the club’s record goalscorer when he moved past Bobby Charlton with a late equaliser in last week’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stoke City.

That goal came two weeks after Rooney had equalled Charlton’s then-club record with an FA Cup goal against Reading.

Before facing Wigan, an opponent who Rooney has scored against 10 times in 15 games, he told BBC Sport:

It is an amazing feeling. When you score a goal the initial feeling is like you are playing football underwater and when you score the goal it is like you come up for air.

“You hear the crowd, the atmosphere – for that four or five seconds it is a mad feeling.”

Rooney added that he was proud to share the record-breaking moment with Charlton and his young family.

“It was obviously a great moment for myself, a proud moment to get the record.  It was nice that Sir Bobby was there as he always is. He came into the dressing room after the game and congratulated me. That meant a lot.

“It was a proud moment to be able to share that with my children. It is only my eldest lad who really understands at the moment. At home he was trying to re-enact it!”

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