Less than 12 months ago, Wayne Rooney was considering leaving Manchester United for a club which he felt were better positioned to challenge for trophies.
After a swift U-turn in which he committed to Old Trafford in the long term, the striker has continually pledged his allegiance to being part of the future of the club, and after a small slump in form last term, has won over the fans by translating those apologies and promises into goals.
And the man who talked him into staying at United, Sir Alex Ferguson, is now saying that Rooney is well placed to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club before the end of his career.
"He's only 25 years of age so you'd think he has at least another five years in him at the very top level,” Ferguson said.
"And, if he looks after himself like Ryan Giggs, he could play well into his 30s. So the opportunity's there for him and time is on his side.
"He's raced out of the blocks already this season and I hope he could get up around the 30 mark."
Giggs has been in the senior United squad for 21 years, and the 37-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, regularly outrunning opposition almost half his age.
If Rooney can emulate Welshman Giggs, he will be at the club for another 12 years, translating to well over another 100 strikes to add to his current tally of 156.
The goal is certainly possible for Rooney, and the ambition will give United fans even more comfort that his desire to leave the club was just a moment of madness that is long forgotten.
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