Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United great - Anderson

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Former Manchester United defender Viv Anderson has labelled Wayne Rooney a 'great' after the striker scored his 200th goal for the club.

Rooney is now just 49 goals behind Manchester United's most prolific scorer who bagged 249 goals

Anderson, who played at Old Trafford between 1987-1991, believes Rooney will go down as a Manchester United legend.

Speaking in the aftermath of Rooney's Champions League brace against Bayer Leverkusen, Anderson told the Daily Telegraph: "He's a United great and his record says that, 200 goals is great.

"He is only 40-odd short of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, so he has to be talked about like that.

"He has had his ups and downs with the supporters but when it comes to matters on the football pitch, he gives 100 per cent and I am personally pleased he is back on board."

Anderson has called on Manchester United supporters to put this summer's events involving Rooney behind him.

"Some supporters will remember the events of the summer but a lot of them will think of him for what he does on the football field and the great goals he has scored over the years," added Anderson.

"There will be a minority who perhaps won't look upon him fondly, but I think the majority will still love him.

"We don't know whether he really wanted to leave or not, David Moyes came out from the word go and said, 'Wayne Rooney is not leaving the football club', and that turned out to be the case.

"He had to knuckle down and that's what he did. He got back in the team, he is scoring goals and looking like his old self when he first arrived. He looks back to his best."

The 57-year-old, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's first signing at Manchester United, believes new manager Moyes will be a success at Old Trafford.

"Whoever took the job was going to find it tough because you've got big shoes to fill.

"Sir Alex Ferguson won 20-odd trophies and David knew this, but the chance to become Manchester United manager is an opportunity not many people get and I can understand why he took it.

"He has to challenge on all fronts this season, that will have been the remit.

"Once you take that job, you expect to be challenging on for all four major competitions. Manchester United always have to be challenging," concluded Anderson.

Manchester United face arch-rivals Manchester City on Sunday in a match which will be yet another major test for Moyes.

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