Manchester United

Rooney becomes Man United's record scorer with 250th goal

The 31-year-old drew level with Charlton in the FA Cup tie with Reading earlier this month but it is Saturday's Premier League match at Stoke City that will now go down in United folklore.

With United trailing 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium, Rooney was sent on as a substitute midway through the second half and earned a last-gasp draw for his side, curling a superb free-kick into the top-right corner from the edge of the box.

The goal also saw Rooney break another record – becoming the top Premier League goalscorer in away matches.

Van Gaal slams English media over treatment at Manchester United

The Dutchman left the Red Devils despite the Wembley triumph to be replaced by Jose Mourinho, and he stated on Monday that United is likely his last job in coaching following a brilliant career in which he won LaLiga with Barcelona, the Eredivisie with AZ, a domestic double at Bayern Munich, and three league titles and the Champions League with Ajax.

However, Van Gaal ranks his solitary trophy at United as his best due to the testing relationship he endured with the media in England. 

Ibrahimovic's late goal earns United 1-1 draw vs Liverpool, City lose 4-0 at Everton

Paul Pogba had looked like being the villain of the piece for United, but Ibrahimovic's header – his 10th goal in 10 top-flight games – prevented a damaging defeat.

James Milner's 27th-minute penalty and sixth league goal of the season – awarded after a handball from Pogba – had looked like it would prove to be the winner at Old Trafford.

VIDEO: I know my players better now - Mourinho

Mourinho was speaking ahead of his team’s English Premier League fixture against Liverpool on Sunday.

Manchester United are on their longest winning run in eight years. They have won nine straight victories in all competitions since December 8.

He deployed defensive tactics to grind out a 0-0 draw at Anfield on October 17, bringing the free-scoring Liverpool juggernaut to a halt. 

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Momentum with Man United as Liverpool heads to Old Trafford

Some perspective is needed, however, when assessing United's nine straight victories in all competitions since Dec. 8.

Only one of their opponents in that one-month period could be classed as a major rival: Tottenham. And that 1-0 win came on Dec. 11, when Spurs weren't showing the kind of form they are at present.

Otherwise, United have proved to be ruthless in sweeping aside teams who most likely won't finish higher than mid-table in the Premier League or were plucky underdogs in cup competitions, like Reading in the FA Cup or Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic will be ready to face Liverpool

Ibrahimovic sat out Tuesday's first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City at Old Trafford, where second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini secured a 2-0 win for United.

Veteran striker Ibrahimovic, who has 18 goals in 28 games across all competitions this season, was laid low through illness, although Mourinho does not foresee this being an issue when he attempts to take a chunk out of the five-point gap between Jurgen Klopp's second-place side and his own men in sixth on Sunday.

Mata, Fellaini put Man United on course for League Cup final

Mata put United on course for a ninth straight win in all competitions by tapping home from close range in the 56th minute, before substitute Fellaini headed in a second in the 87th.

The second leg is on Jan. 26. Liverpool plays Southampton in the other semifinal, with the first leg on Wednesday.

Rooney equals record by scoring his 249th Man United goal

Rooney, the record scorer for England's national team, struck in the seventh minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton.

The 31-year-old Rooney, who joined United in 2004 as an 18-year-old prodigy from Everton, turned in Juan Mata's cross, having missed a great chance to score inside the first two minutes.

Rooney then turned provider as United, the defending cup champion, scored a second goal to lead 2-0 at halftime. Rooney set up Anthony Martial to fire past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Mourinho: Schweinsteiger will get chances to play in January

The 32-year-old has only played four minutes of action since March - as a late substitute in November's EFL Cup win over West Ham – having previously been exiled by the manager at the start of the season.

But Mourinho has revealed Schweinsteiger's positive attitude, fitness and the United's busy stretch of fixtures this month make it likely he will see more regular action.

And that run of appearances could start when United begin the defence of their FA Cup crown at home to Championship side Reading on Saturday.

Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 to end 13-match EPL winning run

Alli scored twice for the third Spurs game in succession, converting Christian Eriksen crosses either side of half-time as Antonio Conte's league leaders tasted defeat for the first time since September.

Tottenham are up to third place, above Manchester City on goal difference, and now within seven points of Conte's men, who lead Liverpool by five.

Mauricio Pochettino's side is enjoying a purple patch of their own, having won five from five since losing at Manchester United on December 11 and scoring 15 times in the process.