Wayne Rooney enters exclusive club as he nets his 200th goal for Manchester United to join Sir Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and Jack Rowley

Rooney scored twice in the 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen to make him just the fourth player to pass the double century mark

With his second goal against Bayer Leverkusen last night, Wayne Rooney joined an exclusive club of Manchester United players to have reached the double century mark – 200 career goals for the Red Devils.

The 4-2 victory settled nerves at Old Trafford after Leverkusen had equalised at one-goal-apiece early in the second half. But further strikes from Robin van Persie, Rooney’s second after he opened the scoring and Antonio Valencia finishing off a sublime counter attack got David Moyes off tho a winning start in his managerial Champions League career.

Rooney though was the shining star for the United faithful once again, earning a standing ovation as he was replaced by Javier Hernandez late on, which robbed him of the chance of netting a European hat-trick nearly nine years after his three goals against Fenerbahce in his club debut – though it could be argued that he robbed himself of the chance after rounding goalkeeper Bernd Leno only to put the ball wide of the open goal.

Regardless, with his 200th effort, he reached the landmark that leaves him fourth in the all-time goalscorers list for United. Sir Bobby Charlton leads the way, netting 249 times in 758 appearances between 1956 and 1973.

Rooney is only 49 goals behind Charlton’s record – a figure he could possibly eclipse should he have two good seasons in front of goal for the reigning Premier League champions. Between him and Charlton stands Dennis Law, with 237 goals in just 404 games, and Jack Rowley, who is next in line for the 27-year-old as he sits on 211 goals in 424 games.

The England international’s record comes after playing 406 times for United – 402 of those came under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson – and his record is significantly better than fifth-placed George Best, who netted 179 times in 470 games for the same club. Level with Best is Dennis Viollet, who between 1953 and 1962 scored an impressive 179 goals in just 293 games having survived the Munich air disaster in 1958.

Rooney’s current team-mate Ryan Giggs is also in the top 10, with his 168 goals in 945 games leaving him joint-seventh with Joe Spence, while Paul Scholes, who yesterday returned to the club to assist Nicky Butt with the youth team coaching, sneaks on in tenth with 155 goals in 718 games having retired at the end of last season.

Manchester United’s all-time top ten goalscorers:

1. Sir Bobby Charlton: 249 goals, 758 appearances (1956 - 1973)

2. Dennis Law: 237, 404 (1962 - 1973)

3. Jack Rowley: 211, 424 (1937 - 1955)

4. Wayne Rooney: 200, 406 (2004 - present)

5. Dennis Viollet: 179, 293 (1953 - 1962)

=5. George Best: 179, 470 (1963 - 1974)

7. Joe Spence: 168, 510 (1919 - 1933)

=7. Ryan Giggs: 168, 945 (1991 - present)

9. Mark Hughes: 163, 467 (1983 - 1995)

10. Paul Scholes: 155, 718 (1994 - 2013)

Alexis Sanchez has completed a £35m move to Arsenal, the club have confirmed
sportGunners complete £35m signing of Barcelona forward
Poor teachers should be fearful of not getting pay rises or losing their job if they fail to perform, Steve Fairclough, headteacher of Abbotsholme School, suggested
voicesChris Sloggett explains why it has become an impossible career path
world cup 2014
Ray Whelan was arrested earlier this week
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
In a minor key: Keira Knightley in the lightweight 'Begin Again'
Arts and Entertainment
Celebrated children’s author Allan Ahlberg, best known for Each Peach Pear Plum
peopleIndian actress known as the 'Grand Old Lady of Bollywood' was 102
Wayne’s estate faces a claim for alleged copyright breaches
newsJohn Wayne's heirs duke it out with university over use of the late film star's nickname
Life and Style
It beggars belief: the homeless and hungry are weary, tortured, ghosts of people – with bodies contorted by imperceptible pain
lifeRough sleepers exist in every city. Hear the stories of those whose luck has run out
Mick Jagger performing at Glastonbury
Life and Style
fashionJ Crew introduces triple zero size to meet the Asia market demand
Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal launch the new Puma Arsenal kits at the Puma Store on Carnaby Street
sportMassive deal worth £150m over the next five years
Arts and Entertainment
Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins
musicHolyrood MPs 'staggered' at lack of Scottish artists performing
Life and Style
beautyBelgian fan lands L'Oreal campaign after being spotted at World Cup
Arts and Entertainment
Currently there is nothing to prevent all-male or all-female couples from competing against mixed sex partners at any of the country’s ballroom dancing events
Potential ban on same-sex partners in ballroom dancing competitions amounts to 'illegal discrimination'
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice