Yes, I know that this list will mostly be made up of goals, but this moment was a turning point in Wayne Rooney's career and is arguably one of the most important.
The latter half of 2010 was a turbulent time for the young striker. The previous season had ended badly for him, with United getting dumped out of the Champion's League by Bayern Munich, a fixture that saw Rooney sustain an ankle injury. Allegations of marital infidelity soon followed, and the 2010-2011 season began with Rooney in poor form.
Then, in October, a shocked Sir Alex Ferguson dropped the stunning news that Rooney had asked to be sold. Rooney and his representatives followed this up with a statement saying, essentially, that he didn't feel assured that United's brass were serious about putting together the best squad possible. He reiterated that him wanting to leave was about wanting more trophies, not money. Rooney's career at United was apparently over.
It was a bleak time to be a United fan.
But just two days after that statement, United dropped another bombshell. Rooney had done a complete turn around and signed a new five-year deal. After intense internal discussions, the club and the wantaway striker came to an understanding, and Rooney was now assured that the future was bright.
Many pundits predicted tough times ahead for Rooney, who would have to re-win over both the locker room and the fans.
But Rooney, showing the determination that has always characterized his game, did so, and his revitalization showed on the pitch as well. He's gotten better and better ever since.
October 2010 seems so far away now, and I believe that it was a true turning point in the lad's career, and if it continues this way, there's no doubt he will retire in United colors.