Manchester United 4
- Rooney 8,
- Rooney 82,
- Rooney 86,
- Rooney 90
Hull City 0
Wayne Rooney went goal-crazy with 4 goals against the poor Hull City team. In fact, Rooney scored a hat-trick in space of 10 minutes, right before the end of the second half. Rooney scored his goals on 8th, 82nd, 86th and 90th minutes, as United are currently on top of the English Premier League, before Arsenal and Chelsea play in their fixtures.
After opening the scoring just seven minutes into a one-sided contest against Hull, Rooney had to wait until a similar point before the end to get his second.
A third, and his fourth United hat-trick, followed shortly afterwards from a cross by the excellent Nani before Rooney completed his own personal massacre of Phil Brown's men with a solo effort in stoppage time.
Ferguson paid lip service to the way Hull had been "difficult to break down", but the reality was that the margin would have been even wider had Michael Owen, given a rare start, approached the effectiveness he needs to recover if he is to challenge for that World Cup place. As some of us seem to have been saying all season, the Owen of old would have filled his boots here.
The easy part done, local attention turns to the resumption of hostilities between the Mancunian neighbours in Wednesday's decisive second leg of their combustible Carling Cup semi-final. Rooney is up for it; City beware.
Manchester United: Edwin Van der Sar, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra (Fabio da Silva 88), Rafael da Silva, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes (Darron Gibson 72), Park Ji-Sung, Nani, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen (Dimitar Berbatov 72).
Hull City: Boaz Myhill, Anthony Gardner, Kamil Zayatte, Andy Dawson, Paul McShane, Marcio Geovanni (Kevin Kilbane 74), Nick Barmby (Bernard Mendy 58), George Boateng, Stephen Hunt, Richard Garcia (Kamel Ghilas 70), Craig Fagan .