Wayne Rooney has got pretty used to having the last laugh when it comes to football.
The England skipper endured a miserable summer - remember that whole Euro 2016 thing? - when about the only conclusive thing he did was to prove that he ain't no midfield schemer.
So when he lined up behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the creative force in Manchester United's brave new era under Jose Mourinho, people were sceptical. A near anonymous first 45 minutes later and the haters were already lining up to declare his demise.
Rooney has been a great servant for United, I applaud that. But you have to earn your position based on performances, not on rep.
-- Stephen (@ShadeMUFC) August 14, 2016
Anyone else think that Rooney should be a Centre Back? He's brilliant at breaking up play and stopping attacks
-- Sibs (@SibsMUFC) August 14, 2016
If Man U wanna aim high they should get rid of Rooney.
-- ??nonce (@SakhosPasses) August 14, 2016
Honesty watching Rooney play like this,, with Mkhitaryan on the bench... Is madness.
-- Callum Wright (@Mr_CallumWright) August 14, 2016
Honestly nowadays Fellaini plays better than Rooney #afcbvmufc
-- Comeback Kings (@AkkoMufc) August 14, 2016
-- Uche Jombo Rodriguez (@uchejombo) August 14, 2016
Their mood was hardly helped when Rooney spurned a glorious chance after some audacious Zlatan trickery.
The enigmatic striker somehow directed a back-heel lob over the defence to send Rooney into a one-on-one with Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc... who saved the United man's fumbled shot.
rooney still awful
-- Papi Mac (@iNabber) August 14, 2016
ROONEY IS TERRIBLE TODAY
-- AN. (@VintageUtd) August 14, 2016
Rooney is dreadful
-- Sucker Guru (@My_Higherness) August 14, 2016
But then, just as Twitter was starting to get into full meltdown mode, Rooney scored.
It wasn't a pretty goal, but he scored. The haters disappeared.
Rooney haters gone quiet...
-- IbraEdition (@IbraEdition) August 14, 2016
-- SHAH (@aina7x) August 14, 2016
What a player Rooney is
-- JungleLion (@JungleLion_) August 14, 2016
ROONEY!! I dont believe it
Just bored of people slagging off Rooney. He know where the goal is. Record speaks for itself.
-- Andy Goldstein MBE (@andygoldstein05) August 14, 2016
His record certainly does speak for itself and his goal meant he joined Alan Shearer on this mark.
-- Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 14, 2016
So yeah, Wayne Rooney. Probably worth remembering he is pretty good at football.