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Manchester United legends expect Rooney to break record

Rooney scored another free-kick on Saturday (©GettyImages)
Rooney scored another free-kick on Saturday (©GettyImages).

Wayne Rooney has been tipped to become Manchester United's all-time top scorer by two of the club's legends.

Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, who were two thirds of the Red Devils' 'Holy Trinity' from the late 1960s alongside the equally iconic George Best, believe Rooney is firmly on course to surpass both of them as the leading scorer in Manchester United's history.

Rooney scored his 202nd goal in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to West Brom, leaving him 35 goals short of Law's tally and 47 behind Charlton, who has been United's all-time top scorer since he left Old Trafford in 1973.

“I've spoken to Wayne and I've told him he's doing really, really well. Fantastically well,” Sir Bobby told United Review. “I'll lose no sleep over it at all if Wayne beats my record. It will be something else for the club to be proud of. And he can buy the drinks!”

Law, who also left United in 1973, added: “One thing that Rooney’s always shown since he’s arrived at the club is that he’s not only a goalscorer, but a person who tries, no matter what the scoreline is.

“I wasn’t surprised to see Wayne reach 200 goals for United. I said years ago that as long as he stayed fit he would become the highest scorer and I have no doubt he'll break the record.”

Rooney is currently fourth in Manchester United's all-time top scorer list but will leapfrog Jack Rowley into third place if he scores 10 more goals for the reigning Premier League champions.

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