Sir Bobby Charlton believes Wayne Rooney will break his goalscoring record at Manchester United and feels the England forward can replicate the talismanic role played by another club legend, Eric Cantona.

Rooney came within 98 of Charlton's long standing record after a hat trick against Arsenal last week, and now standing on 152, is inside the club's top 10 record goalscorers.

Only the likes of Ryan Giggs, George Best and Denis Law stand in his way to becoming the club's No.1 marksman, and according to Charlton, his record is there to be broken.

“Wayne Rooney has the potential to be a great player at United for another decade so he can do it,” Sir Bobby said.

“And nobody would be more pleased than me if he achieved it. He’s a good lad who listens. He’s very easy to talk to because he is very attentive.

“Sometimes I will say something to him and he always takes it in. He’s willing to take advice and act on it. Wayne’s a unique player who will try things that other players won’t try.”


 

Rooney went back on a decision to leave Old Trafford last year after injury problems had disrupted his form during the World Cup and throughout the regular season.

However, after signing a new five-year deal, United have felt the benefits of Rooney's new lease of life, as he guided them to a 12th Barclays Premier League title and the Champions League final.

The departure of many of last season's squad, including Paul Scholes and Edwin Van der Sar saw a new breed brought in to the club, with Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea signing during the transfer window, while the likes of Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling were promoted to the first-team.

Only 25, Rooney is already one of the elder statesman at the club, and Charlton believes the former Everton man has flourish as the experienced head.

“I think he has responded to all the new young players around him,” added Sir Bobby.

“When the David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes era began they had Eric Cantona to look up to. They learned from him.

“We have a similar sort of young group coming through now and I think Wayne has responded to the new responsibility in the same way Eric did.

“What Cantona did for that group in 1995 I think Wayne can do for the current new generation. He has blossomed as a result of having these younger lads around him.

“It is a two-fold thing just as the Class of ’92 responded to Eric Cantona, so Eric responded and his game got even better. Wayne is doing the same now."

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