United record in Rooney's sights

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes it is just a matter of time before Wayne Rooney re-writes the record books and becomes Manchester United's greatest ever goalscorer.

The 26-year-old striker is already placed sixth in the club's list of all-time top scorers, with an impressive tally of 178 goals, including a return of 31 strikes this season.

Ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with old club Everton, Rooney has an opportunity to eclipse another record, as he sits just one goal behind Red Devils legends Dennis Viollet and George Best, who are tied in fourth-place.

Jack Rowley sits in third with 211 goals and Denis Law (237) is above him behind Sir Bobby Charlton, who leads the way with 249 United goals.

"He's got time on his side to beat all types of records now," Ferguson told "What did Bobby get? 249? He's every chance of beating that, hasn't he? He's on track to do that, I'm sure he will do it.

"It's a fantastic record (to move fourth). It will happen of course, hopefully it happens Sunday. But it will eventually happen and it's a marvellous achievement.

"We've had a clutch of players who've scored an incredible amount of goals at the club, from Bobby Charlton down.

"Wayne is the one player who has scored regularly for us this season. I always felt a few years back that Wayne was a player who got goals in clutches, now it evens itself out which is good. He got two for us last Sunday and his goalscoring record is terrific."

United will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to eight points with victory over the Toffees, and Ferguson is confident that Rooney will be right up for the challenge.

"At the end of the day, it's an important game Sunday and I always said of Rooney, he's a player who plays on the edge,.

"He likes the edge of a big game, put it that way, and it's a big game Sunday."

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