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Wayne Rooney admits he would be stunned if he failed to eclipse his best seasonal goal tally of 23.

Rooney found the net for the 15th time this season as he scored the first goal in Manchester United's 5-0 hammering of Wigan at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

"I would hope to beat my best total," he said. "If I don't get another eight goals from now until the end of the season there is something seriously wrong. I hit the post before I scored and the bar afterwards. I am doing well and I feel fit. Hopefully that will continue."

The result took the Red Devils to within two points of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea heading into 2010, just as Sir Alex Ferguson demanded.

In addition, United have clawed back Chelsea's massive goal difference advantage. Following on from his superb performance at Hull on Sunday, it was another masterclass from Rooney, which drew warm praise from Ferguson.

"Wayne was absolutely fantastic again, just like Sunday," said the United boss. "The energy he showed in his game and his desire is marvellous."

Even Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was purring.

"Wayne Rooney has been showing great maturity for the whole season," he said. "He is among that elite group of players in the Premier League who are truly world class."

However, Rooney was not alone in excelling. Antonio Valencia in particular had a productive night against his old club, taking his own tally to seven by netting the final goal of the year after Michael Carrick, Rafael Da Silva and Dimitar Berbatov had found the net.

"Valencia is doing really well," said Rooney. "He is really quick and is aggressive getting to the ball and his crosses are brilliant. To score seven goals already is a great achievement."

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Dimitar Berbatov
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Wigan Athletic
Rafael Da Silva
Antonio Valencia
Hull City

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