LONDON. — Wayne Rooney was back to his brilliant best on Tuesday night, scoring twice as Manchester United stumbled to a 3-3 draw against English Premier League soccer strugglers Newcastle United.
Although Rooney would have been disappointed to see Paul Dummett fire home a dramatic late equaliser at St James’ Park, the United captain could be forgiven for feeling some personal pride after reaching another personal milestone.
Having opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty, the 30-year-old forward rolled back the years when curling a brilliant strike home from 20 yards to hand United a 3-2 lead with just 10 minutes remaining.
In doing so, Rooney equalled Thierry Henry’s record of 175 Premier League goals for a single club.
Rooney has been under intense scrutiny following United’s poor start to the season and a poor goal return which saw the forward net just twice for his club between August and December.
He has started 2016 in fine fettle, however, scoring four times in United’s three January fixtures and adding to his career total of 242 career goals for the Manchester club.
And the good news for the former Everton youngster is that the 12 other club legends to appear on our list have now retired – leaving the path clear for Rooney to build up a healthy lead on Henry and Co.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer earns third spot with 148 goals during his 10-year spell on Tyneside and is the only player to feature twice following his 112-goal haul at Blackburn Rovers between 1992 and 1996.
Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the two other United players alongside Rooney having clocked up 216 goals between them from midfield.
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard grabs fourth having scored an incredible 147 Premier League goals from midfield for the west London club before leaving Stamford Bridge in 2014.
Robbie Fowler (128), Steven Gerrard (120) and Michael Owen (118) represent Liverpool having all recorded three-figure totals for the Anfield club while former Arsenal striker Ian Wright makes the list with 104 goals to his name between 1991 and 1998.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS
Alan Shearer: 260
Wayne Rooney: 190
Andy Cole: 187
Frank Lampard: 177
Thierry Henry: 175
Robbie Fowler: 163 — Mailonline.