Rooney’s bicycle-kick goal lifts Man United 2-1
Wayne Rooney called it the best goal he’s scored, while
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claimed it was the greatest
strike he’s seen in 25 years at Old Trafford.
It was so good, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart didn’t even
Rooney used a spectacular bicycle kick with his back to the goal
for the 2-1 win over rival Man City.
The United and England striker leaped to meet a right-wing cross
with an overhead strike that flew into the top corner after 77
”I saw it coming over and I thought why not? Nine times out of
10 they go into the stand,” Rooney told Sky Sports.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who sat out the game
with an injury, posted his reaction on Twitter.
”Wow….what a goal by ROOOOOOONEY!!! What a way to win the
derby!!” he tweeted, before adding: ”That bicycle kick was one
dirty strike…POW…what a strike what a goal what a
Even golfers Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, playing in the Dubai
Desert Classic, commented. McIlroy simply tweeted;
Ferguson said the quality of the strike reminded him of United
great Denis Law, who scored 171 goals in his stellar career at the
”It was stunning,” Ferguson said. ”We’ve had some fantastic
goals here but in terms of execution … you’ll never see
Nani had given United a first-half lead with a neat control and
finish, before City equalized with a deflected effort in the
”(Nani’s goal) was an unbelievable goal, but nobody in their
right sense will even talk about it,” Ferguson said. ”All the
talk will be about that winning goal – unbelievable.”
Rooney’s winner dented City’s title hopes, but manager Roberto
Mancini said his side had been beaten by a ”moment of
”When a fantastic player like Rooney scores a goal like that,
you should clap,” the Italian said. ”He scored a fantastic
The goal was all the more surprising given Rooney’s indifferent
season so far. Coming off a disappointing World Cup in June, he’d
scored only four league goals until Saturday.
In October, the 25-year-old former Everton player threatened to
leave Manchester United because he was not given the assurances he
wanted about the club’s future.
Two days later, he changed his mind and signed a new five-year
contract, with reports suggesting it could be worth up to $400,000
His form slowly picked up, and he has been overshadowed by
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. He has a league-leading 19
goals this season, including a stunning overhead kick of his own in
a hat trick against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Ferguson took a risk by leaving Berbatov on the bench against
City. He gave Rooney a lone striker role and it paid off.
But the United manager still wants more offense.
”I hope that is Wayne back to his best,” he said. ”I have to
say, what I need to get out of Wayne and Berbatov are performances
away from home that are as good as they are at home.”