Wayne Rooney’s brilliant long-range, freekick effort against Stoke City today, which got millions of people talking has impressed an Old Trafford icon and the most successful manager of the club, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney who eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249-goal record now holds the record as the highest goalscorer for United with 250 goals.

Heaping praises on the player who has scored his second goal in the season, Sir Alex Ferguson told manutd.com: “I would like to say huge congratulations to Wayne on reaching this milestone. “It is no mean feat to score so many goals and he breaks a record that has stood for over 40 years. Wayne thoroughly deserves his place in the history books of this great club and I am sure that he will go on to score many more goals.”

He added, “Well done Wayne, I am absolutely delighted for you, you have been a great servant to this club and long may it continue.”