Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney's Volley V Manchester City Voted Greatest Premier League Goal Ever (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 04/05/2012 08:32 Updated: 08/05/2012 17:02

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's bicycle-kick winner in last year's Manchester derby has been voted the greatest Premier League goal of all time.

Rooney's sensational strike in February 2011 against City received 26 per cent of the vote. Dennis Bergkamp was second for his 2002 goal at Newcastle, with Thierry Henry's flicked-up volley against Manchester United in September 2000 coming in third.

Ten years ago, United midfielder David Beckham won the Goal of the 10 Seasons Award in 2002 for his halfway-line effort past Wimbledon's Neil Sullivan in August 1996.

On his accolade, Rooney said: "I grew up watching the Premier League so to be voted the best goal in the history of the Premier League is a great feeling," Rooney said.

"There's so many good goals in that shortlist, goals that I watched in my living room as a kid: Alan Shearer's goal, Paolo Di Canio's, Tony Yeboah's, David Beckham's."

He added: "To be competing with them and winning is a great honour for me and something I'm very proud of. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me."

With the score at 1-1 in last season's Old Trafford derby, Portuguese winger Nani's deflected cross enabled Rooney to lose marker Vincent Kompany, who slipped as the ball's flight changed, before unleashing an unstoppable volley past England team-mate Joe Hart.

Up until his goal Rooney was having a wretched game as he continued to struggle after his World Cup hangover, which took in allegations of an affair with a prostitute and him handing in a transfer request at United.

Just seven seconds before his effort, he miscued a pass horribly which was rescued by Paul Scholes, who in turn fed Nani, and the rest is history.

And the 26-year-old's sixth derby strike elevated his performance level for the remainder of the season, He scored a hat-trick against West Ham, the winner at Chelsea in the Champions League and the penalty away to Blackburn which clinched United's record 19th league title.

In tribute to the Croxteth Evertonian, here's some other bicycle/scissor-kick belters...

TREVOR SINCLAIR

RIVALDO

SOMEONE VERY GOOD

CARLOS VELA

SEBASTIAN COATES

DIMITAR BERBATOV

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