Wayne Rooney produced a superb goal-line clearance in the early stages of the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Everton at Wembley.
The United captain, who grew up an Everton fan and still supports the Merseyside outfit, ran the length of the pitch following a break by the Toffees and somehow managed to get back in time to clear Romelu Lukaku’s shot-cum-cross off the line.
Rooney, for his efforts, also collided into the post. But United fans loved the forward’s work ethic and chanted his name for several minutes afterwards.
The 30-year-old has struggled for form and fitness this season and has only just returned from a two-month absence, but he was bright during the early stages of Saturday’s cup semi-final.
Although guaranteed to be part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for this summer’s European Championships in France, due to his status as England captain and the fact he’s the country’s all-time top scorer, Rooney will be keen to prove his doubters wrong with influential performances between now and the end of the season.
ROONEY DESPERATE TO WIN FA CUP
Rooney will also be desperate to land his hands on the FA Cup for the first time in his career.
“Of course, I think it is a massive trophy. It is a trophy that, growing up as a youngster, I used to love watching and I was fortunate enough to see Everton lift the FA Cup in 1995 when I was nine years old,” Rooney was quoted as saying by theMirror last season.
“It is something which I would love to do and hopefully it can be this year.”
It wasn’t to be last year – but it could be a different story this term.