Manchester United legend backs Rooney to break scoring record

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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton is confident that Wayne Rooney will break his own all-time scoring record for the club.

Rooney netted twice in United's mid-week Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen bringing his total goals for the club to 200 - just 49 behind Sir Bobby's record set during his 17 years at the club.

The 27-year-old will be hoping to continue his good form in Sunday's clash with Manchester City at the Etihad and a goal against the Sky Blues would make Rooney the most prolific scorer ever in Manchester derbies.

And the 75-year-old Charlton believes Rooney will stay at United and break many more records in the process.

“I think Wayne can definitely break my record,” Charlton told the Manchester Evening News.

“In fact I have no doubt he will score those goals.

“And I think he will be looking forward to doing it.

“If he keeps fit and he continues at his scoring rate he will have scored so many that thinking about beating my record will be a thing of the past.”

During the summer transfer window it looked as though Rooney may not be at Old Trafford this season with bids coming in from Chelsea and rumours abounding that the former Everton man was unhappy at the club.

However with United insistent that he was not for sale Rooney remained in Manchester and has started the season in fine form.

And Charlton is not convinced that the whole transfer saga was all it was made out to be at the time.

“I don’t think there was that much that went on,” added Charlton, who is on the board of directors at Old Trafford.

“I was never pulled into a situation where I had to decide what do we do about Wayne Rooney.

“I don’t know whether someone said the wrong thing or caught him on a bad day. It will not the first time a footballer comes into the manager with all sorts of problems.

“But it was a bit of a blip and, hopefully, that’s behind us now.

“I look at it and he’s with us, he’s happy and David Moyes has to be thanked for that, Sir Alex Ferguson also.

“Because I don’t like the idea of Wayne Rooney not playing for us.

“Whenever I go into the dressing room everything seems quite rosy at the moment.

“Hopefully, we will keep seeing that big smile on his face every time he scores.”



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