Rooney’s overhead kick v Man City remembered by teammates and rivals 10 years on

Today marks 10 years since Wayne Rooney scored the most iconic goal in Premier League history.

Rooney's breathtaking overhead kick sealed a 2-1 derby win for Manchester United against City at Old Trafford.

The win helped United pip City to the 2010-11 title, with Rooney's acrobatic effort later voted the best goal in Premier League history.

Former United defender Wes Brown watched the goal from the bench and said Rooney's strike remains up there with the best he has seen.

“What a goal!” said Brown. “Just the fact we were playing Manchester City as well.

“He scored a lot of goals but, for the situation and the time we were playing them, when they were changing the team a little bit, it was probably the best goal he ever scored.

“With the circumstances and the situation we were in, it was unbelievable. You can tell by the celebrations that he knows it’s a big one.

“I just think the main thing is the timing. It’s all that matters really. Yes, it does come off his shin a little, but the timing of it is absolute perfection.

“He knows exactly where he wants to make contact with it and, as long as he gets the timing right, I’m guessing that’s what he is thinking when he's in the air and going backwards.

“He gets the timing right, that’s the most important thing, and whether it hits him on the shin or foot, he directed it in the right direction.”

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Rooney's stunning strike sent United fans into delirium and Brown, speaking to United's official website, added: “I think it’s one of the best goals I’ve ever seen, especially playing City as they were starting to put a good team together as well.

“So the game was very important and, to score that, topped it off really. It let everyone know we were still about.

“You could tell that he was absolutely delighted with it as well. It’s not a goal you score every day.

“Wayne scored so many goals but that one is different to most, probably due to how high he went into the air, the timing to get the contact with it first and then to put it on target.”

Recalling the famous strike, Rooney said: “To be honest, I just thought I'll go for it. I wasn't having the best game and thankfully it went into the top corner. We went on to win the league that year and it was a big game for us.”

City skipper Vincent Kompany said: “Top strikers do things at unbelievable times and that goal was a testimony to Wayne’s talent.

“I couldn’t believe it anyway because, in that game, I absolutely had him in my pocket.

“I played a really strong game and then he pulls the overhead kick and I’m thinking: ‘Oh, come on', but I have a lot of respect for Wayne.”

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