Rooney overtakes Lampard and Cantona with Premier League goals and assists record
As Wayne Rooney put through a defence splitting pass for his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck against West Brom on Saturday afternoon, he became the first player in Premier League history to record double figures for both goals and assists in five different seasons.
Rooney's man of the match performance during United's 3-0 against West Brom saw the striker score his eleventh goal and grab his tenth assist of the season.
The raw figures, if nothing else, prove that United are still in desperate need of Rooney's mercurial talents and England will certainly rely on such performances during the 2014 World Cup.
The fact that no other player in Premier League history has achieved such figures is testament to the 28-year-old's eye for goal and ability to pick out a colleague.
With his performance at the Hawthorns, Rooney overtook the likes of Frank Lampard, Eric Cantona and Didier Drogba for number of goals and assists across different seasons.
These are Premier League legends that Rooney has surpassed and he still has years left to play at the top level. Is it really any wonder that the United hierarchy decided to bite the bullet and meet his excessive wage demands?
Even Red Devils fans were quick to snigger at the thought of offering one of their stars a £300,000 a week contract, but it means Rooney remains a red for at least another five-and-a-half years, which could be a priceless amount of time if his form continues at such a rate.
Ten years into his Old Trafford career, it's clear that Rooney deserves to be lauded as a legend of the historic club.
Moving to United from Everton at the tender age of 18 in 2004 wasn't an easy move on paper, but 'Wazza' has now scored an astonishing 210 goals for the Manchester club.
He's just 27 goals away from becoming the club's all-time top scorer ahead of club legend Denis Law and will surely break the club appearance record as he needs just 16 more selections from manager David Moyes to leapfrog Rio Ferdinand, who has made 448 appearances.
It's no wonder that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho pursued Rooney so aggressively last summer as he smelt that the England star was ready for a change.
Can you imagine the United team, in their current crisis, without such a talismanic figure? Not to mention how far ahead Chelsea would be in the league if Rooney was spearheading their attack.
If the fans can't accept that Rooney's wages are outside of the usual way United go about their business, then it's time to look at the performances the striker has been putting in for the past 10 years at the club.
He's helped the team win almost everything there is to win including the Champions League in 2008 and if Moyes is to have any chance at turning the current struggling United outfit into Premier League title challengers once again, he will need Rooney by his side, fighting every battle.