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Rooney targets United scoring record

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Wayne Rooney has set his sights on breaking Manchester United's all-time goascoring record.

The England international striker currently sits ninth on the list with 158 goals in 337 appearances, with 91 goals separating him from Sir Bobby Charlton, who sits on top spot with his tally of 249.

A product of the Everton academy, Rooney has been a revelation since arriving at Old Trafford in 2004, and the 26-year-old has time on his side as he looks to make his mark in the Red Devils record books.

"It would be fantastic if ever I could reach such a record and become the all-time top scorer for Manchester United. I would be absolutely thrilled to do it," Rooney told The Sun.

"I look at it and I certainly feel I'm capable of doing it over the next five or six years. If I do, then it would be an incredible achievement for me personally.

"I would be so honoured and proud. Sir Bobby Charlton is an absolute legend, a true great and it would be amazing to overtake his record which has stood for so long.

"But while it is an ambition of mine I know that in this game you can't take anything for granted - you can never be sure of anything in football. Injuries can happen, all sorts of things can happen but yes, if I stay fit and in form then I have a real chance."

The striker was also vocal in his support of Ryan Giggs, with the Welsh winger celebrating his 38th birthday today.

After 20 years of unprecedented success under Sir Alex Ferguson, one-club man Giggs has become a legend at the club, and Rooney believe a statue would be the perfect way to honour his services at Old Trafford.

"If there's one player over the last 20 to 25 years who deserves a statue outside Old Trafford, it's Ryan Giggs. Because what Giggsy has done here is absolutely incredible," added Rooney.

"He made his debut as a 17 year old and so to still be playing at the top level 21 years later is a magnificent achievement.

"He has been fantastic for this football club and to still be performing so well at his age is phenomenal."

Giggs would join Sir Matt Busby, Dennis Law, George Best and Charlton were he to be honoured in such a way outside the ground.

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