Last night Wayne became only the fourth man in United history to score 200 goals for the club. It was a special night for Wayne that saw his two goals help Manchester United get off to a winning start in this seasons Champions League, defeating Bayern Leverkusen 4-2.
Wayne opened the scoring on 22 minutes after a pinpoint cross from Patrice Evra picked out the United forward who calmly volleyed into the back of the net. His second goal that was to mark the 200th of his United career came on 70 minutes, he pounced on a defensive mistake before drawing the Leverkusen keeper and calmly finishing at his near post. United’s fourth goal was a blistering counter-attack which saw Wayne top off his man of the match display with a clever assist for Antonio Valencia.
In an exclusive interview for his official website Wayne talked about how proud he is to have reached such a career milestone – “It’s a great honour for me to have scored 200 goals for a club like Manchester United. When you look at the list of top scorers I think I’m only the fourth player in the club’s history to have reached this number after Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley. It’s certainly something I’m very proud of. My main aim is always to help the team win games and if I score that’s a bonus. Hopefully there are still a few more goals to come from me yet.”
Wayne’s brace extended his record as the most prolific English scorer in the Champions League, taking his tally to 29. He left the field to a standing ovation from the United fans and thanked them for their support – “The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot so I want to thank the fans for that. The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances. I’m happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals – and long may that continue”.
After his match winning exploits in the Champions League, Wayne now turns his attention to the weekend when Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium for a showdown with their Manchester rivals – “My main focus now is preparing as well as possible for the game against City at the weekend. We all know they are a strong outfit and have made some good signings over the summer so we will definitely need to be at our best come Sunday.”
WAYNE’S 200 UNITED GOALS
Premier League 142
FA Cup 17
League Cup 4
Champions League 29
CL Qualifying 1
Europa League 3
Community Shield 1
Club World Cup 3