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

move.

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

minutes.

”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

netbuster!!”

Even golfers Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, playing in the Dubai

Desert Classic, commented. McIlroy simply tweeted;

”BOOM!!!!!!!!”

Ferguson said the quality of the strike reminded him of United

great Denis Law, who scored 171 goals in his stellar career at the

club.

”It was stunning,” Ferguson said. ”We’ve had some fantastic

goals here but in terms of execution … you’ll never see

that.”

Nani had given United a first-half lead with a neat control and

finish, before City equalized with a deflected effort in the

64th.

”(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

genius.”

”When a fantastic player like Rooney scores a goal like that,

you should clap,” the Italian said. ”He scored a fantastic

goal.”

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

a week.

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.”