Belfast Telegraph

Rooney eyeing Charlton's record

Wayne Rooney has set his sights on beating Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record.

Rooney remains on 28 for the current campaign, having drawn a blank in Monday's Premier League win over Blackburn, and has amassed 175 career goals for the Red Devils.

That leaves him just four adrift of Dennis Viollet and George Best, who are level in fourth spot, but Rooney said Charlton's mark of 249 is "of course" his ultimate target. The 26-year-old told Inside United: "It would be an unbelievable feeling if I could get his record."

He added: "I'm still a long way away but hopefully, one day, I will be able to do it.

"They (Viollet and Best) are obviously club legends and to be in touching distance of their goal tally is something I'm really proud of and hopefully I will overtake them soon."

Rooney played in a deeper role than usual at Blackburn as Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to block his midfield.

Late goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young ensured the tactic worked, extending United's present run to an incredible 31 points from 33, which has given them a five-point lead over Manchester City with seven games remaining.

It is a remarkable achievement considering the fixtures United have had to navigate in that time, and Rooney believes it was the January away win over Arsenal that proved the catalyst.

"It's always a difficult game and to go there and win was a great result, especially given the run of tough matches we had at that point in the season," he said.

"To come away with the result was brilliant and gave us a lot of confidence."


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