Wayne Rooney's Top 10 Manchester United Moments of the 2013/14 Season
Even by his standards, it has been a rollercoaster season for Wayne Rooney.
It started with the possibility that the England striker might leave Old Trafford.
But he'll end it with a new contract in his pocket and being mentioned as a candidate to become the club's next captain following the departure of Nemanja Vidic.
On the pitch, it has been a disappointing season for Manchester United. But Rooney has been one of their best players, scoring 17 goals in 38 games so far.
Here is a list of Rooney's 10 top moments this season.
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10. Aston Villa (March 2014)
When Aston Villa visited Old Trafford in March, it could have been an uncomfortable afternoon for David Moyes.
No sooner had a plane carrying a message of protest flown overhead, United went a goal down thanks to Ashley Westwood's free-kick.
But Rooney helped ease the pressure on his manager with United's first two goals in a 4-1 victory.
9. Manchester City (September 2013)
United's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City in September was one of the low points of their season.
But Rooney scored one of his best goals of the campaign with a spectacular free-kick three minutes from time.
With United already 4-0 down it meant nothing in the context of the game, but it did install Rooney as the leading goalscorer in Manchester derby history.
8. Swansea (August 2013)
After a pre-season wrecked by injury and a summer dominated by speculation that he could be set to leave United, Rooney made his first appearance of the campaign on the opening day of the League season at Swansea.
United were already 2-0 up when he came on as a second-half substitute for Ryan Giggs.
He helped set up goals for Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in a 4-1 win.
But, more significantly, after a summer of rumours surrounding his future at the club, he was greeted warmly by United's travelling fans.
7. Crystal Palace (September 2013)
Rooney scored his first goal of the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in September.
Van Persie got the first with a penalty just before half-time before Rooney made the points safe with United's second nine minutes from time.
He followed it up with two against Bayer Leverkusen three days later.
6. Hull (December 2013)
United battled back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Hull in December.
Rooney played his part with a thumping 20-yard volley to equalise, before James Chester scored an own goal to put United in front.
Rooney's strike was his 150th Premier League goal for the club.
5. Chelsea (August 2013)
After coming off the bench against Swansea, Rooney made his first start of the season against Chelsea at Old Trafford the following week and received another good reception from the United fans.
And, in a turgid 0-0 draw, he was United's best player—despite lacking match fitness.
4. Goalscoring Record in Sight (March 2014)
Soon after scoring a stunning lob that opened the scoring against West Ham at Upton Park, Rooney added a second that moved him up to third in the club's all-time goalscoring charts.
It moved him above Jack Rowley on the list with 212 goals.
He currently has 214—35 short of Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249.
3. New Contract (February 2014)
Rooney ended the speculation about his future at United by signing a new contract with the club in February.
His deal had been due to run out in the summer of 2015, but he signed an extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.
His wage packet also caused a stir, and will see Rooney earn a reported £300,000 a week.
His previous contract had been worth around £250,000 a week.
2. West Ham (March 2014)
With Robin van Persie ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury, all eyes were Rooney to make a bigger impact.
He quashed any doubts after just eight minutes against West Ham at Upton Park, scoring from the halfway line to put United in front.
It was fitting that David Beckham, who scored from a similar distance against Wimbledon in 1996, was in the stands to see it.
1. Manchester United Captain (March 2014)
David Moyes has been on the lookout for a new captain since Nemanja Vidic revealed he will be leaving Old Trafford for Inter at the end of the season.
It has usually been left to Patrice Evra to fill in. But with the Frenchman given the day off against West Ham at Upton Park in March, it was Rooney who took the armband.
And he put in a captain's performance, scoring twice in a 2-0 win.
He will be one of the leading candidates when Moyes chooses a new permanent club captain this summer.
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