Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Rooney proud of United milestone

Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United to victory over Bayer Leverkusen

Wayne Rooney has spoken of his pride at joining Manchester United's exclusive 200 club - and expressed a hope he will score a few more in the future.

Rooney joined Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley in hitting the double century with his brace in Tuesday night's Champions League triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.

United manager David Moyes has already set Rooney the task of netting the additional 49 needed to equal Charlton's club record.

Yet doubt remains over whether the 27-year-old will get there as he is still to declare a desire to remain at Old Trafford after all the speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Speaking in an interview on his own website, Rooney offered no clarification on his stance, having refused to answer questions about it during a post-match interview on ITV on Wednesday night, but there was room for hope for United supporters.

"It's a great honour for me to have scored 200 goals for a club like Manchester United," he said on www.officialwaynerooney.com.

"When you look at the list of top scorers I'm only the fourth player in the club's history to have reached this number after Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.

"It's certainly something I'm very proud of.

"My main aim is always to help the team win games and if I score that's a bonus. Hopefully there are still a few more goals to come from me yet."

As the summer debate rumbled on with no correction offered to the Chelsea link, there was a feeling United's supporters would turn their back on the player who caused consternation when he handed in his transfer request in 2010.

Instead, the fans have been firmly behind him, starting when he warmed up during the opening game at Swansea last month, to the standing ovation afforded to the England man when he was replaced by Javier Hernandez near the end of Tuesday night's victory.

"The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot," said Rooney.

"I want to thank the fans for that.

"The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances.

"I'm happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals - and long may that continue."

That last statement in itself gives fuel to a feeling Rooney would be willing to sign a contract extension if it was offered.

Whether United would be willing to extend a deal due to expire in 2015 on the same enormous terms is debatable.

For now, though, Rooney is more interested in maintaining his current impressive form at Manchester City on Sunday.

"My main focus now is preparing as well as possible for the game against City at the weekend," he said.

"We all know they are a strong outfit and have made some good signings over the summer so we will definitely need to be at our best."

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