By Adam Hern
- Wayne Rooney on the brink of Manchester United goalscoring record
- Can Rooney break the record this season and fire United to glory?
Is it time for the statue makers of the North West to get their tools out? This is the season Wayne Rooney could break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record and firmly cement his place as a Manchester United legend.
It is difficult to talk about Wayne Rooney without saying something that hasn’t already been said. With 230 to his name going into the Friday night match at Aston Villa, Wayne Rooney only needs 20 more goals in order to become Manchester United’s all time record goal scorer.
This season it looks as though he will be United’s first choice striker. The other options currently available of Javier Hernandez and James Wilson are more than capable back up alternatives, but Rooney is the one who will be the constant starter.
Rooney Will Get The Service He Needs
It doesn’t take a football genius to work out that if he plays up front he will score goals. With the service he is due to receive this season, from the likes of Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Memphis. Rooney is only going to thrive. Whenever he finds space in the opponent’s penalty area, he is able to get a shot away.
More often than not it is on target and ends up being a goal. He has a physical presence that only the top strikers in world football possess and there is no doubt that he falls into this elite category. He has a body built for the Premier League and is showing no signs of letting up any time soon.
If you play as the number one striker for one of the top clubs in the Premier League such as United, Arsenal or Chelsea you are expected to score 20 goals minimum during the course of a season. Sir Bobby Charlton’s record haul came in all competitions so Wayne Rooney only has to score 20 goals in all competitions this season in order to become a record breaker.
Easy. This isn’t even in doubt. If United go on a good run in the cup competitions and the Champions League, Rooney will be likely to get at least 50 games under his belt. Obviously injuries and suspensions may play a part in this but only time will tell.
In 50 games Rooney will stroll pass the 20 goal milestone. If he doesn’t score in three matches on the spin the media go into melt down over his lack of form. That is the reputation that he has built up over the years.
Louis van Gaal always speaks about how much he appreciated and enjoys having Wayne Rooney as his captain. He is a phenomenal leader from the front of the pack. Teammates trust him wholeheartedly and he is a very popular figure in the Old Trafford changing room.
His link up play with Memphis during pre-season will continue to flourish as time goes on. The pair will create so many goal scoring opportunities for one another. It would not come as a shock if Memphis supplied Rooney with at least 10 goals this season alone.
It is not a question of if Rooney will score his 250th Manchester Unite goal this season. It is a question of how many games into the season will it be before he gets there. And when he does break this record, how great would it be to be sable to say “I was there”.