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Football: Tricky Rooney proves his worth to Manchester United

Published on Feb 23, 2014 5:49 AM
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) celebrates scoring with team mates during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London on Feb 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Wayne Rooney proved he was worth his weight in gold to Manchester United with a man of the match performance in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Twenty-four hours after signing a new four-year contract that media reports said was worth 300,000 pounds (S$632,600) a week, the England forward repaid the faith of manager David Moyes with a stunning volley in the 68th minute.

Rooney's strike came six minutes after Robin van Persie had converted a penalty and secured a comfortable away win, their first of 2014, against a tough Palace side.

"Sometimes when Wayne doesn't have time to think he does things naturally," Moyes told a news conference after the champions rose one place in the table to sixth, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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