Rooney, who had been enduring another poor performance, produced a moment of stunning skill in the 78th minute of United's derby clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford.
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Stunning: Rooney sinks local rivals Manchester City with this overhead kick
His sensational goal, scored with a soaring overhead kick, gave United a 2-1 victory. Rooney was mobbed by team-mates as he stood, chest puffed out and arms outstretched, saluting his own effort.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson declared it the greatest goal he had ever seen at Old Trafford and compared it to the great Denis Law's legendary strikes for the club. Rooney agreed, claiming it as his greatest hit. 'That's definitely my best goal ever,' he said.