Wayne Rooney made history by becoming Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer with a stunning free-kick in stoppage time to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw against Stoke City.
The captain curled home a spectacular effort in the 94th-minute to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s longstanding record and net his 250th goal for the club.
It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for United after an Erik Pieters cross was deflected past David De Gea off the unfortunate Juan Mata to leave Stoke on the brink of three points. But Rooney had other ideas and rescued Jose Mourinho’s men, who extend their unbeaten record in all competitions to 17 games.
Mourinho made four changes from last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata restored in place of Matteo Darmian, the ill Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial.
Boosted by Liverpool’s surprise defeat by Swansea in the lunchtime kick-off, the Reds settled well into the game in the early exchanges and almost benefitted when Lee Grant dropped Ander Herrera’s free-kick after seven minutes, but the Stoke defence cleared the danger before Zlatan Ibrahimovic could pounce.
It was a largely scrappy opening with both sides feeling each other out but, out of nothing, the hosts took the lead after 19 minutes when a low cross by Pieters deflected off Mata at the near post and went through De Gea.
The Reds responded positively to the setback as Fellaini got in between the Stoke centre-backs to rise highest from Mata’s inviting cross but he could only direct his header straight at Grant.
On the half-hour mark, Mata was presented with a great chance to make amends for the own goal, but he could only turn Ibrahimovic’s square pass over the crossbar.