Sunday’s 8-2 demolition of Arsenal suggested that Manchester United would once again be the team to beat in the Premier League this season and the chief tormentor of the Gunners was Wayne Rooney, who scored two delightful free-kicks and a penalty to help himself to a hat-trick.
Rooney has now scored over 150 times for United, although the striker now has his sights on Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 goals that is the club scoring record, with the 25-year-old having several years to reach and surpass that total.
“It is always a great feeling to score,” he said. “Now I have over 150 goals for a club like United and hopefully there are many more to come.
“I am delighted with the way it is going. I worked hard in pre-season. I have started well and the team have started great.
“I was aware I was one off 150 before the game. I asked how many Bobby Charlton scored. Giggsy said I had another 100 to go. That is a target. Hopefully I will do it in the next few years.”
What a difference a year makes, with Rooney having handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford before deciding to withdraw it days later.