With the ink yet to dry on his new multi-million pound contract, Rooney added his own signature to the deal - a spectacular crashing volley against Palace
Some criticised the huge money being spent in football and on player's wages, others questioned just whether Wayne Rooney deserved to be the league's most well paid player, while of course some were overjoyed that a player, who at one time looked likely to be heading to London in what would have been a hugely controversial transfer, would be remaining at Old Trafford.
All Wayne Rooney could do to justify the money and commitment afforded him by United was perform on the pitch.
And for that reason, his spectacular volley against Crystal Palace, United's second as they ground out a much needed win, was the first piece of payment back to the club and its supporters for such faith.
Rooney of course has a little history with spectcular volleys, with efforts against Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Manchester City of particular note. And this strike, coming as it did at such an important moment of his career, will surely join them in a quite impressive collection.
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