Rooney tipped to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United all-time goal scoring record

Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of Football club Manchester United has backed Wayne Rooney to go all the way and beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goal scoring record for Manchester United.

Sir Bobby scored 249 goals in his 17 year old association with United; many people at the time believed none could ever eclipse the record. Today, Wayne Rooney stands at 178 at fourth place just one behind George Best and Dennis Viollet. At 26, he is just 71 goals behind the great Charlton; one would assume it would just be a matter of time.

Ruud Vaan Nistelroy, the Dutch striker who had a rich haul at Manchester United scored a whopping 150 goals in five years. Sir Alex feels there is nothing that is stopping Wayne Rooney from becoming the greatest ever to play for Manchester United. “He has time on his side to beat all types of records,” said Ferguson. “There is every chance of beating Bobby’s record. He is on track to beat it and I am sure he will do it.”

Rooney jumped to fourth on the list of highest goal scorers after scoring a brace against Everton, the club where he exploded on to the scene with his stunning solo goal against Arsenal as a 17 year old. The result of the game was however far from what Manchester United would have hoped for. The thrilling high scoring game that ended 4-4 at the Theatre of Dreams narrowed United’s lead over their Manchester rivals to just three points.

United travel to the Etihad Stadium next Monday to take on Manchester City, in what is what is being touted as a title deciding clash. The Manchester rivals often referred by United fans as the ‘Noisy Neighbors’ have a chance to go to the top of the table if they were to beat United on Monday, thanks to their superior goal difference.

Rooney currently at 31 goals will be looking to add to his tally in the local derby. Though his greatness has never been a bone of contention, he will himself know that the team’s cause will come ahead of goals and individual glory.

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