Sir Bobby Charlton sends message to Wayne Rooney after Man United milestone

Sir Bobby Charlton heaped praise on Wayne Rooney after the striker became Manchester United's all-time top goal-scorer on Saturday

Sir Bobby Charlton has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney after the striker broke his Manchester United goal-scoring record on Saturday.

With Manchester United trailing 1-0 at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday, Rooney’s stoppage-time free-kick earned Jose Mourinho’s men a point and moved him to the top of the scoring charts for the Red Devils on 250 goals.

Rooney’s equaliser could end proving key for Manchester United come the end of the season.

But former Manchester United striker Charlton was quick to pay tribute to Rooney, despite the obvious disappointment of losing his record.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website, Charlton said: “It’s over 40 years since I scored the last of my 249 goals for Manchester United, so I must admit that I have become used to the honour of being the club’s all-time top goalscorer!

“We have had some incredible strikers here at Old Trafford and they have scored a lot of goals, but it has been fairly obvious for a while now that Wayne Rooney was going to be the one likeliest to break my record, and now that day has come, I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record. However, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.”

“He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.

“It has been great to watch him every week since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2004; he set the tone with a wonderful hat-trick on his debut and he has thrilled us all in the years since, going on to enjoy a hugely successful career.

“I was 35 when I retired. Wayne is only 31 and still going strong, so I don’t think he’s done by a long stretch yet. He continues to show that he can contribute goals, assists and performances whenever called upon, he will raise the bar even further before he calls it a day. Now he’s the man to beat, and I can’t see anybody doing that for a long, long time.”

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Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium left Manchester United in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ clash with Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Red Devils finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.

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