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Rooney scores as Man United boost chances of top four finish

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Rooney scores as Man United boost chances of top four finish

English striker Wayne Rooney marked his return to action with a goal as Manchester United kept up the chase for the top four in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Burnley

Rooney, who has not featured for almost a month due to an injury and fitness issues, reappeared, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out to injury, and helped put his team in command at Turf Moor.

The 31-year old started the impressive counter-attack which led to Anthony Martial’s opener on 21 minutes, and scored his first goal since January when he squeezed the ball home from a tight angle to double the lead less than 20 minutes later.

“It’s always great to be on the scoresheet. I’ve had injuries off the bench which has been frustrating but I feel strong now,” Rooney said after the win.

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The Red Devils will be playing against Manchester City in their next league clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

“It’s two great teams and it’s massive for City. There’s a fight for the top four and we’re both in the fight. We’ll be ready,” added Rooney.

United, who are now unbeaten in 23 Premier League games, remain fifth in the league but are only a point off rivals Manchester City, whom they face on Thursday at Etihad Stadium.

Ultimately, Rooney now draws level with an achievement recorded by Frank Lampard and Andrew Cole. He has now scored in 149 different Premier League games. Only Alan Shearer – 190 – has scored in more.

 

 

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