WAYNE ROONEY’s early got set Manchester United on course to an easy FA Cup win over Reading – and saw him equal the club’s all-time goalscoring record.Rooney took just seven minutes to open the scoring, moving him level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 goals for the club.
United wasted little time putting Championship promotion hopefuls Reading in their place as Anthony Martial doubled their lead on 15 minutes.
And Jose Mourinho’s side finally ended any hopes of a comeback for Jaap Stam’s side when Marcus Rashford scored two quick goals midway through the second half.
FACTS, STATS, GOALS AND LOLS
- It took just five minutes for the Stretford End to pipe up with their “Yip Jaap Stam is a big Dutchman’ song. The defender was hugely popular here.
- United have yet to lose a game of the previous 15 which Michael Carrick has started – and he was one of only two survivors from the starting line up at West Ham.
- The omens were not good for Reading. United were unbeaten in their last 24 FA Cup ties against lower league sides – dating back to 1982.
- United were looking to make it eight wins in a row for the first time since September 2009. They have been much improved since the November international break.
- Wayne Rooney had to wait 44 days since his last goal – against Feyenoord in November – to get the one he needed to go level with Bobby Charlton.
- It means 192 of his 249 goals have been scored with his right foot – although strictly speaking this was off his right knee.
- Alex Ferguson was up applauding enthusiastically when Rooney equalled the record – even though their relationship ended on a sour note.
- Mourinho said he will manage without buying a new centre back in January – despite losing Eric Bailly to international duty. Will the early injury to Marcos Rojo force him to re-think?
- Ashley Young has almost become the forgotten man of Old Trafford – but here he was making his 150th appearance for the club and showing he still has something to offer.
- United had 18 efforts on target in a dominant first half – that’s the most they’ve had since Mourinho took charge in the summer.
- Marcus Rashford’s two late goals made it xix for the season – but were first since September. Ending that 16 match drough should do the England boy the power of good.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger lives. He got his another appearance from the bench with the game won at 3-0, a reward for his persistence and patience.