Afternoon Ticker: Rooney carries United to victory, Van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg and more

Afternoon Ticker: Rooney carries United to victory, Van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Rooney carries United to victory, Van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a day where the FA Cup stole the spotlight, Wayne Rooney carried Manchester United to a league victory, scoring four goals as the Red Devils defeated Hull City 4-0.

It only took Rooney eight minutes to open the scoring, pouncing on a Paul Scholes rebound. The English international wouldn't add another until late in the second half, but he followed up his 82nd minute goal with two more in the final four minutes of the match.

Rooney's quartet of goals brings him to 19 on the season, and raised Manchester United to first place of the Premiership, two points ahead of Arsenal, who has a game in hand.

Here are more stories from Saturday:

Van Nistelrooy sold to Hamburg

Wantaway striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy finally landed a move away from Real Madrid, and the transfer will see him playing in the German Bundesliga for the first time in his career.

Van Nistelrooy was sold to Hamburg SV, ending a three-and-a-half year stay with Madrid. Although details of the transfer were not released, Hamburg revealed that the former Dutch international has a contract with the club through the 2010-2011 season. Van Nistelrooy is expected to arrive on Monday.

Everton land Senderos on loan

Landon Donovan won't be the only player to join Everton on loan this winter.

Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is set to join the Toffess within the next two days after the clubs agreed to terms on a loan that will see Senderos with Everton until the end of the season. The Swiss international will join Everton just days after the club sold defender Lucas Neill to Galatasaray.

Zaragoza releases Roberto Ayala

Former Argentina national team captain Roberto Ayala was released from Real Zaragoza after the two parties agreed to terminate his contract. The 36-year-old Ayala, who helped Zaragoza gain promotion to La Liga last season, has not revealed any possible destinations for his next club.

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What did you think of Rooney's performance against Hull City? Think Van Nistelrooy will do well in the Bundesliga? Do you see Senderos helping Everton to a strong finish this season? Would you like to see Ayala finish out his career in Argentina?

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