Wayne Rooney celebrated 10 years as a Manchester United player this week and has set his sights on leaving an enduring legacy at Old Trafford by breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing goals record.
Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton on August 31 2004 for a then world record fee for a teenager, and has established himself among the most iconic figures in the club’s history over the past decade.
The newly-appointed England captain is one of just four Manchester United players to have scored more than 200 goals for the club, and is ranked third on the all time list behind the esteemed Denis Law and, of course, Charlton.
Another 21 goals will take Rooney beyond Law while another 13 will ensure the 28-year-old reaches 250 strikes in total - one more than Charlton managed in his 758 appearances for Manchester United.
“To join this special list of goalscorers means a lot,” Rooney told his official website.
“I want to go on to be the all-time top scorer for Manchester United if I can.”
It is, of course, a benchmark well within reach of Rooney, and were he to match his best season’s tally for the club of 34 goals, albeit across several competitions, then he will surpass Charlton before the end of this campaign.
How Louis van Gaal would love for Rooney to replicate this form over the course of this season. But it would appear that the Manchester United manager will another striker to call upon in order to transform the club’s flagging season.
Radamel Falcao is set to complete a loan move to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline, with Manchester United paying a fee of around £12 million in order to secure the services of the Colombia international from Monaco.
But one player on his way out is Danny Welbeck. The England international is reported to be closing in on a move to Arsenal as the two clubs thrash out a loan agreement.