Manchester United may have slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday evening, but Wayne Rooney will be able to take a couple of positives from the game.
The Red Devils skipper was included from the start by Jose Mourinho in Istanbul, after a recent run of games on the bench.
He rewarded that show of faith with a spectacular strike in the dying minutes, with a 25-yard drive screaming into the top corner.
His effort was unable to rescue anything from the tie, but it did help the 31-year-old to reach another notable landmark at Old Trafford – with his goal return in continental competition now on a par with Ruud van Nistelrooy.
38 - Wayne Rooney has scored 38 European goals for Manchester United, equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record. Strike.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 3, 2016
Rooney is also fast closing in on another United goal-scoring record, with Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time return for the club now well within his sights.
247 - Wayne Rooney is just two goals away from equalling Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals in all competitions for Man Utd. Target.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 3, 2016
Rooney may get another opportunity to add to his tally on Sunday against Swansea City in the Premier League before attention switches to the latest round of international fixtures.