Rooney becomes Man U’s all time top scorer after Red Devils draw with Stoke

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Wayne Rooney overhauled Bobby Charlton on Saturday to become Manchester United’s record scorer, coming off the bench to net his landmark 250th goal in stoppage time at Stoke to clinch a 1-1 draw in the Premier League. The Potters led courtesy of an own goal by Juan Mata.

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“(Charlton) came and congratulated me in the dressing room so I know he’s pleased in some way,” Rooney said.

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“I’m a team player but records are important. When you finish your career you can look back on it and it’s something to tell your kids.”

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The 31-year-old Rooney, no longer assured of a starting spot in his 13th season at United, moved level with Charlton on January 7 and needed two more weeks to take the record outright.

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Rooney has scored 250 goals in 546 games, Charlton scored 249 in 758 matches.

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“I have become used to the honour of being the club’s all-time top goal scorer,” Charlton said.

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“We have had some incredible strikers here at Old Trafford and they have scored a lot of goals, but it has been fairly obvious for a while now that Wayne Rooney was going to be the one likeliest to break my record.

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“And now that day has come, I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record. However, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.”

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Having already broken Charlton’s 49-goal England scoring record in 2015, Rooney has now completed possibly the final major feat of his illustrious – if turbulent – career.

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“He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goal scorer for both United and England,” Charlton said.

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“It has been great to watch him every week since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2004.

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“He set the tone with a wonderful hat trick on his debut and he has thrilled us all in the years since, going on to enjoy a hugely successful career.”

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