Wayne Rooney has now scored 250 goals for Manchester United
Rooney earned Manchester United a draw with a bending free-kick late on at the Britannia Stadium.
The 31-year-old atoned for Juan Mata's earlier own-goal to ensure their unbeaten run stretch into a 17th game.
It was his 250th goal for the club – making him their highest-ever scorer of all time.
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And the United captain believes his goalscoring contribution could prove pivotal come May.
"It could be vital come the end of the season," he said.
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"It is no nice to lose and it looked like being the case.
Wayne Rooney believes his goal could prove key come May
"But we got a point that could be vital.
"There is a long way to go. A lot can happen.
"We have to keep picking up points."