Wayne Rooney eyes goals alongside Kagawa

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes Shinji Kagawa could be the key to a record goals haul next season.

The United frontman is looking to beat last year's tally, when he managed to chalk up 27 Premier League goals, narrowly missing out on the Golden Boot to Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

And the England striker thinks having new £17m man Shinji Kagawa in the side will help him achieve that aim.

Speaking on, Rooney said: "He's very effective one the ball. It's great to have that sort of player in the team. I'm looking forward to playing with him and I think he'll create a lot of chances for myself and the other forwards."

The former-Borussia Dortmund player joined up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour to South Africa, and made an excellent first impression, scoring on his full debut.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder was part of a hugely successful Dortmund side that managed to beat Bayern Munich to a league and cup double last season. And along with Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia, Kagawa should form an important part of a potent attacking line for United.

And while Kagawa has put pen to paper, Sir Alex Ferguson wants to give the next United transfer target a trial before committing - even though that target is the fastest man of all-time.

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt revealed he'd love to get the opportunity to convince Ferguson of his skills, and Rio Ferdinand offered to introduce Bolt to the United boss.

But Rooney is more circumspect when it comes to Bolt's ability on the pitch.

"He'd obviously add a bit of speed to the team!" said Rooney. "But they are different sports. I think he's best staying on the track!"

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