Rooney: THAT overhead kick against City put our noisy neighbours in their place!
07:25 GMT, 6 September 2012
Wayne Rooney has revealed that scoring the famous overhead kick that settled the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last February gave him a 'mad rush of power'.
The Manchester United and England striker hit one of his most brilliant goals in the 77th minute of a pulsating derby that put 'our noisy neighbours – the other lot – in their place', according to Rooney.
The goal had extra spice due to the fact that Rooney had only months earlier threatened to quit United, whose ambition he had questioned, and looked set to join City, suddenly flush with Sheik Mansour's billions.
Rooney then performed a dramatic U-turn, snubbing City and choosing to sign a new deal at United in November. Then came that match – and that goal.
Wonder goal: Wayne Rooney scores his winner against Manchester City
In an extract of his new book 'Wayne
Rooney: My decade in the Premier League', which is being serialised by
The Mirror, the 26-year-old forward explains what it feels like to score
such an important goal.
He says: 'Bang! Everything goes dead mad, dead quick.
'Then that feeling kicks in – an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction I get from scoring a goal in the Premier League. Like the sensation I get when I’ve smashed a golf ball flush off the face of the club and watched it trickle on to the green.
'It’s a high, a mad rush of power. It’s a wave of emotion – but it takes me over like nothing else.
'This feeling of putting one away for Manchester United is huge. If I could bottle the buzz, I’d make the best energy drink ever.
'A heartbeat later and I’m at normal speed again, I’m coming round. Everything’s in focus: the sound, a roar loud enough to hurt my ears, the aching in my legs, the sweat running down my neck, the mud on my kit.
'More and more noise; it’s so big, it’s right on top of me. Someone’s grabbing at my shirt, my heart’s banging out of my chest.
'The crowd are singing my name: ‘Rooney, Rooney, Rooooo-neeee! And there’s no better feeling in the world. Then I look up and see the scoreboard:
FEBRUARY 12, 2011: United 2 City 1
GOAL! Rooney, 77 minutes
'Who I am and what I’ve done comes back to me in a rush, a hit, like a boxer coming round after a sniff of smelling salts.
Taking it all in: Rooney celebrates his brilliant goal at Old Trafford last February
'I’m Wayne Rooney. I’ve played Premier League football since 2002 and I’ve just scored the winning goal in a Manchester derby – probably the most important game of the season to fans from the red half of town.
'A goal that puts our noisy neighbours – the other lot – in their place. A goal that reminds them United have more history and more success than they do right now. A goal that warns the rest of the country we’re on our way to winning another Premier League title.
'As I stand with my arms spread wide, head back, I can feel the hate coming from the City fans behind me, it’s like static electricity. The abuse, the screaming and swearing, is bouncing off me. I don’t give a toss.
'I know how much they hate me; I can understand where they are coming from though, because I go through the same emotions whenever I lose at anything.
VIDEO: Click here to watch Rooney's brilliant strike against City
'This time, they’re wound up and I’m not. I know it doesn’t get any better than this.
'As I jog back to the centre circle, still tingling, I go into rewind. It’s ridiculous, I know, but I’m worried I might never feel this way again. I want to remember what’s just happened, to relive the moment over and over because it feels so good.
'We close out the game 2–1. Everyone gathers round me in the dressing room afterwards, they want to talk about the goal. But I’m done in, I’ve nothing left; it’s all out there on the pitch, along with that overhead kick.
'The room is buzzing; Rio Ferdinand is buzzing. ‘Wow,’ he says.