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Wayne Rooney breaks down his iconic bicycle kick goal against Manchester City in fascinating detail

Rory O'Callaghan

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Wayne Rooney breaks down his iconic bicycle kick goal against Manchester City in fascinating detail

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To help mark the 30th anniversary of the Premier League, Wayne Rooney has broken down in detail arguably the greatest goal in the competition's history – his unforgettable bicycle kick in the Manchester derby in 2011.

Rooney stunned Old Trafford with an acrobatic winner for Manchester United against their 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City to secure a 2-1 win for the Red Devils in the 2011-12 campaign.

United manager Alex Ferguson described the goal as the greatest he had ever witnessed at Old Trafford.

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"It was stunning. Unbelievable. We've had some fantastic goals here but in terms of execution... you'll never see that," said Ferguson.

Rooney's incredible strike would later win the Premier League Goal of the 20 Seasons award on the 20th anniversary of the competition.

Now 10 years later, Rooney has broken down the goal in detail to help mark the league's 30th anniversary.

"It's probably one of the worst games I've ever played," said Rooney.

"If I'm being honest I didn't play well at all. You'll even see that the ball I lay off to Scholesy [Paul Scholes], it's sloppy really. I bobble it into him.

"As the ball is being crossed, it takes a deflection and it's gone slightly behind me.

"I just thought 'why not try it?' I've tried it enough times in training. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn't.

"Nine times out of ten you hit it over the bar, you don't catch it right. But that one time, you get it right.

The goal is arguably the greatest of Rooney's illustrious career (Image: Alamy)
The goal is arguably the greatest of Rooney's illustrious career (Image: Alamy)

"You hear the noise of the noise, the fans, the crowd. You feel every emotion from them.

"And then I’ve just stood there with my arms out, head back.

"It was a special moment."

A special moment indeed.

Is Rooney's strike the greatest goal in the history of the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts.

Topics: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, Football, Premier League, Manchester City

Rory O'Callaghan
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