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Manchester United kept in contention for a top-four Premier League place and gave manager Louis van Gaal a rare night of relaxation as Stoke City were outclassed at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney is hitting peak form at a perfect time, Anthony Martial can be the real deal and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson impresses again

The England forward struck early in the second half, minutes after having a “goal” ruled out for offside, to record the 244th goal of his remarkable United career. In his sights is Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 goals and, with Wayne Rooney now having scored seven in seven games, that record should be broken this season, with United having 14 league games to play plus a minimum of three more in two cup competitions.

More relevantly, if Louis van Gaal is to emerge from this trying season with silverware in a cup or, more importantly, a top four finish and place in the Champions League, Rooney needs to maintain this form. Roy Hodgson, eye on the Euros, will surely have had a smile on his face while watching Match of the Day after the game.


 
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