England international Rooney has had little to celebrate over the past nine months with the Red Devils, but will be hoping his award for Manchester United Goal of the Season augurs well for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
The goal in question was the 28-year-old’s phenomenal 60-yard half-volley at West Ham – a goal which was reminiscent of David Beckham’s half-way line lob against Wimbledon during the 1990s.
Rooney's wonder-goal set Manchester United on the way to an important three points. In a season of disappointments, however, the strike was arguably more vital at the time for the Manchester United supporters, who had had to endure a difficult 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool just six days prior to Rooney’s special moment.
Rooney’s goal received the majority of the fans votes, with Patrice Evra’s stunner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League coming second and an Andan Januzaj effort coming third.
On receiving the award, Rooney was in modest mood, admitting he preferred Beckham’s effort over his own.
'I did worry that it might bounce over the goalkeeper at first, but you just have to hope for the best. Thankfully it came off', the striker told Man Utd.com
Rooney also picked up the Manchester United fans monthly best goal prize four times this season.
Over the season, Rooney netted 17 goals and assisted with a further ten in 27 Premier League starts – contributing to a goal on average every 90 minutes.
One of England manager Roy Hodgson’s most trusted players this summer, a successful World Cup in Brazil will edge 89-capped Rooney closer to being part of the illustrious 100-cap club.