Early Doors

Rooney miracle just one of Saturday’s three goal-of-season contenders

Early Doors

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Wayne Rooney scored a goal of staggering brilliance against West Ham on Saturday - a strike that would normally be a shoo-in for goal-of-the-season at the end of May.

Yet it wasn't even a clear-cut winner of goal of the weekend.

The Manchester United star lit up the match at Upton Park in the 7th minute, timing his run perfectly beneath a high bouncing ball just beyond the half-way line...

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...then watching it drop down over his head...

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...and onto his boot...

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...before smashing it 50 yards through the air...

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...over the head of Hammers' Spanish keeper Adrian. The fact that David Beckham was in the crowd watching only made it that bit sweeter.

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Staggering stuff - and it's no wonder that United's celebrations were rapturous...

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...while West Ham were wondering what on earth they'd just been hit by.

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As glorious as Rooney's strike was, it wasn't the only cracker of the day. Manchester City's Yaya Toure also scored a belter to complete his hat-trick against Fulham.

He picked the ball up in a seemingly-innocuous position outside the box, found a little space by drifting right, then unleashed a magisterial thunderbolt that carved its way in at the right post.

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The strike sparked joyous celebrations among the City players as it officially marked the moment that a match which started out hard-fought turned into one of the routs of the season.

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Over at Carrow Road, however, Norwich's Alex Tettey was also staking a claim to goal-of-the-day honours.

The Norwegian midfielder was hanging back deep at a set piece in the match against Sunderland - and when the ball came his way, he swung his foot as if this was the strike he'd been waiting for his whole life,...

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...which resulted in him burying it into the top right from fully 35 yards.

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No wonder his team-mates went crazy - and the celebration they marked the goal with was the undisputed best of the day.

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Norwich might only have scored 26 goals this season, but Canaries fans can at least console themselves that they have witnessed one of the finest strikes of this - or any other - year.

But was it better than Rooney's effort? Have your say in the comments box below.

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