Sir Bobby Charlton backs Wayne Rooney to break Man United goal record

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton backs Wayne Rooney to break Red Devils goal record

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Wayne Rooney made his first start of the season against Chelsea Photo: The Sport Review

Sir Bobby Charlton has backed Wayne Rooney to break his Manchester United goal record.

The 27-year-old forward scored his 200th and 201st Red Devils goals in a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Rooney is just 49 goals behind Charlton following his European brace, and the United legend reckons the current England international will surpass his tally.

“I think Wayne can definitely break my record,” Charlton told the Manchester Evening News. “In fact I have no doubt he will score those goals.

“And I think he will be looking forward to doing it.

“If he keeps fit and he continues at his scoring rate he will have scored so many that thinking about beating my record will be a thing of the past.”

United rejected two bids for Rooney from Chelsea during the summer after ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the club had turned down the striker’s transfer request in May.

And Charlton, who was part of United’s first European Cup-winning side in 1967, played down the speculation surrounding the Red Devils forward in the recent transfer window.

“I don’t think there was that much that went on,” Charlton added. “I was never pulled into a situation where I had to decide what do we do about Wayne Rooney.

“I don’t know whether someone said the wrong thing or caught him on a bad day.

“It will not the first time a footballer comes into the manager with all sorts of problems.

“But it was a bit of a blip and, hopefully, that’s behind us now.

“I look at it and he’s with us, he’s happy and David Moyes has to be thanked for that, Sir Alex Ferguson also.

“Because I don’t like the idea of Wayne Rooney not playing for us.

“Whenever I go into the dressing room everything seems quite rosy at the moment.

“Hopefully, we will keep seeing that big smile on his face every time he scores.”

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