Wayne Rooney's brace against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League moves him closer to becoming Manchester United's all-time highest goalscorer with just 49 goals remaining to equal Sir Bobby Charlton at the top.

Rooney's 200th goal in a United shirt brings to memory United's top point-men and this article aims to pay tribute to the legends who lit-up the Theatre of Dreams at different times.

1.  Sir Bobby Charlton (249 goals)

Sir Bobby featured for United from 1956 to 1973 making a total 758 appearance for the Red Devils. The former England player is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time and remains United's leading all-time goalscorer - having scored 249 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.

2.  Denis Law (237 goals)

Nicknamed The King and The Lawman by supporters, Law is best known for the eleven years that he spent at United - from 1962 to 1973 - where he scored 237 goals in 404 apprearances - second only to Sir Bobby Charlton in the club's goalscoring charts.

The former Scottish striker also holds a United record for scoring 46 competitive goals in a single season.

3.  Jack Rowley (211 goals)

Rowley featured for Manchester United from 1937 to 1955. The English striker was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific and explosive goal-scoring abilities, scoring 211 goals in 424 appearances for United.

4.  Wayne Rooney (200 goals)

Wonder-boy Rooney hit a brace against Bayern Leverkusen to take his tally to 200 for United. The England striker - who was signed from Everton in 2004 - is on his way to becoming a United legend if only he could show some more commitment at Old Trafford. 

That not withstanding, scoring 200 goals in 406 appearances for the Red Devils is no mean feat and Rooney sure deserves lots of accolades. 

5.  Dennis Viollet (179)

Dennis Viollet is jointly tied with George Best in the number five position of United's top goalscorers.

The England international came through the junior ranks at United becoming a striker for the Busby Babes of the 1950s with lightning quick pace. He was a survivor of the Munich air disaster. Dennis scored 179 goals in 293 games for United.

5.  George Best (179 goals)

Georgie is undoubtedly on of the greatest player to ever wear the United jersey. The Northern Irish winger was signed by United in 1963 at the age of 15 and went on to star 470 times for the Red Devils scoring 179 goals.

In 1968 Best won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He unexpectedly quit United in 1974 at the age of 27.

7.  Joe Spence (168 goals)

Mr Soccer as he was then known,  Spence starred for United between 1919 and 1933 and netted 168 times for the Red Devils.

Spence was one of United's few true stars between the wars and his wing play made "Give it to Joe" the most commonly heard terrace chant during his 14 years at Old Trafford. His first season brought 14 goals in 32 First Division games, and in his best season at the club, 1927-28 season, he scored 24 goals; 22 in the league and two in the FA Cup. However, United were relegated to the Second Division twice during his 14 years there

7.  Ryan Giggs (168 goals)

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero once told Italian media that Giggs was one of his two favourite players , and gave the following memorable quote: "This is embarrassing to say but I have cried twice in my life watching a football player; the first one was Roberto Baggio and the second was Ryan Giggs."

Giggs started a memorable career at United as a 17-year-old and is just 55 games short of completing a millennium of appearances for United. His emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the Premier League.

The former Wales international is tied in seventh position with Joe Spence with 168 goals in 945 appearances and could still increase his tally this season.

9.  Mark Hughes (163 goals)

The former Wales international also appeared for Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But it was at United that he made his mark scoring 163 goals in 467 games.

10.  Paul Scholes (155 goals)

Scholesy is arguably one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. The former England international wasn't only great at distributing passes and initiating tackles, he was also a prolific goalscorer especially with his lethal shot.

Scholes wraps up the list of  United's ten leading goalscorers having notched 155 goals in 718 appearances - the third highest number of appearances by any player for the club - during his lengthy career which ran from 1994 to the end of the 2012/2013 season.

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