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Record-man Rooney gives lift as Manchester United win big

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Manchester, Nov 25 (IANS) Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's top scorer in European competition, leading the English club to a 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League here.

Rooney got the opening goal against the Dutch side at Old Trafford here on Thursday to score for the 39th time in Europe, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy's club record, reports Xinhua.

He is now only one goal away from equalling Bobby Charlton's all-time club scoring record of 249 goals after setting United on the way to victory.

Further goals by Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and a Brad Jones own-goal completed the win that left United in second place ahead of their final game at Zorya Luhansk.

United reached nine points and is only one point behind Group A leaders Fenerbahce, who defeated Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk 2-0 in Turkey. Feyenoord has seven points.

With this win, United need only a draw from their final Group A game away to Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in order to progress to the knockout phase, and Rooney called the night a positive one all-round for the team.

--IANS

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