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Wayne Rooney scored a stoppage-time free-kick, which made him the club’s leading goalscorer to rescue a point at Stoke.

United should’ve won the game, but they were wasteful and missed plenty of chances. In the 19th minute, Erik Pieters’ cross went in thanks to Juan Mata putting it into his own net. After the goal, Mata missed a glorious chance to make amends, but he fired over when he basically had an open goal. Paul Pogba also had a shot saved by Lee Grant from a corner.

United continued to miss chances in the second half. They hit the woodwork and were also frustrated by Grant. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was wasteful with his chances. Substitute Marcus Rashford missed his shot when in a decent position. Jesse Lingard came really close to equalising near the end, when he hit the bar with a long shot.

Rooney had come on in the 67th minute and could’ve scored earlier, but was wayward with a header in a difficult position. He did score though in the fourth minute of stoppage-time. He looked like he was going to cross into the box with a free-kick from the left-hand corner of the penalty box, but he had different ideas. He curled into the top right corner beautifully to break the record. It was a fantastic way to break the record.

The goal was United’s 25th shot of the game. The are now unbeaten in 17 games, but they may of lost ground on the top four with this draw. They are now 14 points off Chelsea, 6 points off Arsenal, 5 points off Tottenham, 4 points off Liverpool and 2 points off Man City. United are still in sixth place.

Next up for United is the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final away against Hull City on Thursday, the 26th of January. Next in the league, they are playing Hull City at home on the Wednesday, the 1st of February, after playing Wigan at home in the fourth round of the FA Cup.