Wayne Rooney scored both goals in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday and ensured the Red Devils followed up their midweek Champions League triumph with a win.
Rooney got off the mark in the eighth minute with a David Beckham-esque lob from the half-way line which sailed over the head of the scampering keeper Adrian and into the net.
Rooney's Beckham moment. That goal will be shown as testimony of his class for the rest of his career— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 22, 2014
Indeed, Beckham was even in the stands watching.
David Beckham's reaction to Wayne Rooney's goal... pic.twitter.com/aNl4XYb7mD— thepunterspage.com (@ThePuntersPage) March 22, 2014
The goal provoked admiration from all over, including from former team-mate Michael Owen:
Goals going in everywhere but none better than @WayneRooney's at Upton Park. Sheer class.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 22, 2014
And One Direction's Niall Horan was suitably impressed, although he did not think much of the goalkeeper:
Ahhh Wayne rooney please please please please! Incredible! keeper all over the shop though !— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) March 22, 2014
Meanwhile, Squawka provided a helpful diagram of the goal:
Wayne Rooney from 40-yards! pic.twitter.com/EEZPTmSEW2— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 22, 2014
And Francis Keogh offered a rhyme:
Rooney sends it like Beckham in front of Beckham just a few miles from Peckham— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) March 22, 2014
With Robin van Persie out injured after the Wednesday's match against Olympiacos, Rooney was leading the line and he did so with aplomb.
He was at the heart of United's performance creatively and took on his role as captain for the day by leading by example.
Wayne Rooney to captain United tonight.— Man Utd Malaysia (@MUFC_Malaysia) March 22, 2014
His second goal was nowhere near as spectacular as his first but it was equally important as it gave United a decent cushion.
Mark Noble's attempted clearance fell to Rooney and the former Everton man was gifted the goal from six yards out.
Jack Barnes was unimpressed:
Wayne Rooney again! What is that clearance Mark Noble?!— Jack Barnes (@barnesffc) March 22, 2014
United were much more controlled in the second half and managed to keep their two goal cushion very easily with Rooney working hard throughout to maintain possession.
He was substituted in the 77th minute for Javier Hernandez, with David Moyes likely looking to preserve his fitness for Tuesday's local derby with Manchester City.
Indeed that was the opinion of Craig Carroll:
Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck come on for Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. Moyes with one eye on the derby— Craig Carroll (@royman7) March 22, 2014
And the Old Trafford club will need their main man Rooney to be on great form if United want to be victorious against Manuel Pellegrini's side.