He might be playing for Everton now but Wayne Rooney continues to be the scourge of Manchester City. The goal, scored just before half-time at the Etihad Stadium gave Everton a 1-0 lead. The all-time Manchester United leaging goalscorer passed the ball into the net after a clever cut back from youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Liverpool Echo earlier reported that Rooney had scored 11 goals in his career against City, but none for Everton.
The goal marked Rooney’s 200th in the English Premier League. Only Alan Shearer has more Premier League goals, he attained 260 for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle from 1992/93 until his retirement in 2006. At 31, does Rooney have time to eclipse Shearer? How much will he play for Everton this season? Rooney scored the only goal in the Toffees’ first game of the season against Stoke City last week so he’s certainly off to a good start.
It’s a game that could already be a must-win for City coach Pep Guardiola. Less than ten minutes later, City’s big summer signing and the most expensive defender in the world, Kyle Walker, was sent off for a second bookable offense. Ironically, the game marked Walker’s 200th appearance in the English Premier League. It was Walker’s first ever professional red card.
The goal for Rooney, as important as it could prove to be, is unlikely to ever top this classic from 2011: