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Football: Rooney wonder lob keeps United on high

Published on Mar 23, 2014 5:52 AM
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at the Boleyn Ground in London on March 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney posted a goal of the season contender as Manchester United ended a memorable week by winning 2-0 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

A week ago, manager David Moyes had seen his players humiliated 3-0 at home by Liverpool, but United recovered to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Olympiakos in mid-week to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Robin van Persie had been the star that night with a hat-trick, but he was also injured in that game, allowing Rooney to regain top billing with a brace at Upton Park.

And he did so with an opening goal worthy of a Hollywood script by emulating former United hero David Beckham by beating the goalkeeper from astonishing range.

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