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Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney is hopeful that current Red Devils star Marcus Rashford can break his scoring record. Rooney leads the club’s all-time scoring charts, netting a phenomenal 253 goals from his 559 matches for the club.
But the legend says such records do not matter to him, with the former Man Utd and England forward keen to see Rashford overtake his superb tally.
Rashford to break Man Utd record?
Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford, scoring double figures in all but two of his Premier League seasons there. He also shone in the competition with Everton across two spells, before making the move to the US, where he currently manages D.C. United.
It is, of course, his feats for the Red Devils which will be remembered most, but the legendary figure wants current star Rashford to go a step above him in Manchester.
It will, however, be a huge ask, with Rashford currently sitting on 120 goals, which doesn’t even put him in the top 10. But the attacker is flying high at the minute, netting 19 goals in 25 appearances since the 2022 World Cup.
“We’ve all known about Marcus, even before he was in the first team, coming through the academy,” said Rooney, as quoted by LiveScore. “He’s a top player and he fell off a little bit over the last 18 months especially. And again, I think Ten Hag has come in and really simplified it for him.
“I’m not a player who sits on records and hopes no one breaks them. I hope he does it. I think it’s a great story and it means he’s been very successful with the club and been there a long time and scored a lot of goals if he does do it. So I hope he does.
“I think he certainly has the ability and the capabilities to be able to do it. I’m sure, or I hope, sometime in the next few years I’ll be able to pass that mantle onto him.”
Ronaldo still a Man Utd legend
Rooney also discussed the acrimonious departure of his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Man Utd for a second time in his career in November. The iconic attacker burnt all his bridges at a club that he once adored, taking to a TV interview to criticise manager Erik ten Hag.
Both parties have since moved on, with Ronaldo scoring goals in Saudi Arabia for Al Nassr and the Red Devils getting back to their best. Despite the bitter ending, Rooney believes the Portugal international still holds a very important place in Man Utd history.
When asked whether Ronaldo’s recent exit has destroyed his reputation at Old Trafford, Rooney replied: “No, I think what he’s done for Manchester United is great. He’s won Premier League titles, won the Champions League, scored many goals.
“I think certainly for the fans and his former teammates, we’ll never forget what he did for Manchester United. In my eyes, he’ll always be a club legend and it’s a shame the way it ended, of course, this time round. But I don’t think that takes anything away from his legacy at the club.”