Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has come out to say that his memorable derby-winning overhead kick for Manchester United against Manchester City in 2010 is not his best goal ever.
Rooney recently revealed that the overhead was his favourite goal but goalscoring is all about teamwork, movement, control and timing.
According to him, he never used to understand it when Ferguson told him to stop working too hard until he realized that he meant forwarsd should learn to keep a little bit in the tank because the match-winning opportunity might not come until the 90th minute.
He added that Ole taught him to shoot through defenders legs since CBs tend to stick their leg out to try and block the ball and GKs will be blinded.
His words, “When asked about my favourite goal, I always say the overhead kick versus City — but we’re talking, here, about the craft of goalscoring, how it’s about teamwork, movement, control and timing and a goal that probably few people remember sticks out for me,”
On his career, “You learn little things along the way,”
“The best advice I received was from Fergie. He’d say: ‘You’re working too hard’ and at first I thought: ‘What do you mean? Isn’t that what you want?’ But I used to try to run as hard as I could for 90 minutes and in the last ten minutes be tired. The manager wanted his strikers to keep a little bit in the tank, because that match-winning chance might not arrive until the 90th minute — Fergie time!”
“Before joining United, I’d seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring all these goals by shooting through defenders’ legs — incredible,” “I watched him in training, I spoke to him: ‘How do you know what the defender is going to do?’
“It was quite simple. Ole explained that when you shape to shoot, defenders tend to stick their leg out to try and block and that makes a gap. He perfected the technique. And it’s harder for the ’keeper because they don’t see the ball when it leaves your foot. I scored one past Joe Hart against Manchester City that way.”