The United skipper scored the decisive goal with 11 minutes remaining after the England international reacted quickest when Marouane Fellaini’s header rebounded off the woodwork.
Here is a selection of the best Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to United’s late win at Anfield.
Marcos Rojo has a pre-match message for his team-mates as the Argentina international joined Michael Carrick and Phil Jones in the stands at Anfield:
— Marcos Rojo (@marcosrojo5) January 17, 2016
Unsurprisingly, there is plenty of praise for 30-year-old Rooney after his third Premier League goal of the week and his first at Anfield since 2005:
— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) January 17, 2016
Great finish by Shrek. #LFCvMUFC
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 17, 2016
It had to be @WayneRooney didn't it..
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 17, 2016
While many United supporters aren’t happy with the performance from the away side, ex-Red Devil Rio Ferdinand is full of appreciation for a scrappy 1-0 win away from home at a rival:
Roooooooooooney!! Smash & grab….better ways to win a game…but its a lovely feeling this way….if they hold on to the win!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 17, 2016
Former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan isn’t happy watching the injured United contingent celebrating in the stands:
Phil Jones jumping about celebrating in with the manc fans made me sick. Worse Man U team I've ever seen 😡😡😡😡😡
— Adam Morgan (@AMorgan94) January 17, 2016
Gary Lineker has his say on the 1-0 win:
Big win for Manchester United. Huge win for Louis van Gaal.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 17, 2016
Finally, Carrick posts a photo of United’s loyal supporters:
Get in boys! Waited a long time to do an away game properly. Nearly thrown down 3 rows when we scored 😳👏🏼💪🏼👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/mwvObcU3Um
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) January 17, 2016
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