Man United’s David Moyes sets Wayne Rooney 30-goal target
David Moyes has challenged Wayne Rooney to score 30 goals for Manchester United this season
David Moyes has challenged Wayne Rooney to put a turbulent summer behind him and score 30 goals for Manchester United this season.
The England international netted United’s second goal with a well-taken free-kick as the Red Devils ran out 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Much had been made about the 27-year-old’s future at United during the course of the summer, with the forward heavily linked with a transfer away from the club.
The striker, who Chelsea were keen on luring to Stamford Bridge, also missed most of his club’s pre-season preparations due to injury.
But Moyes is now hoping that a regular run of games will help Rooney discover his top form alongside Robin van Persie.
“I will try to do that [get Rooney to 30 goals],” Moyes said. “I think Wayne’s aim will be to do that as well. Hopefully we can make that happen.
“The hope is that we get a partnership where folk are saying, ‘My goodness we are having to play against Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney’.
“Everybody is looking to see if those two form a partnership that can score lots of goals. I have to say I have also got Chicharito and Danny Welbeck. Danny has made a great start to the season.”
Moyes also insisted that he plans to deploy Rooney as a striker, rather than in midfield.
“I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us,” he continued.
“He has scored a lot of goals. It was down last year. But to be successful you need to have people who can score you 20 goals.
“I am hoping with Robin and Wayne you have two there who you would say they have it in them to do that. It was also good for us that Robin scored. A good start.”