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Ferguson hails Rooney

2012-04-20 12:27

London - Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney will end his career as Manchester United's greatest ever goalscorer as the England centre-forward closes in on another landmark in the club's scoring charts.

Rooney, 26, is currently the sixth most prolific forward in United history, his 178 goals in all competitions featuring 126 in league games.

However, one more goal will see Rooney move into a tie for fourth place in the goalscoring tables, along with United legends Dennis Viollet and George Best who scored 179 in their respective careers.

Ahead of that pair stand only Jack Rowley (211), Denis Law (237) and Sir Bobby Charlton whose 249 goals between 1956 and 1973 currently make him the all-time leading scorer in United's illustrious history.

However, with Rooney having scored 31 goals already this season after netting twice in the weekend victory over Aston Villa, Ferguson has no doubt he will equal, and move above, Viollet and Best.

And, even though Rooney is currently a considerable 71 goals behind Charlton, the form book - and his manager - suggest he will require less than three seasons to re-write the record books.

"He's got time on his side to beat all types of records now," said Ferguson. "What did Bobby get? 249? He's every chance of beating that, hasn't he? He's on track to do that, I'm sure he will do it.

"It's a fantastic record (to move fourth). It will happen of course, hopefully it happens Sunday. But it will eventually happen and it's a marvellous achievement, We've had a clutch of players who've scored an incredible amount of goals at the club, from Bobby Charlton down.

"Wayne is the one player who has scored regularly for us this season. I always felt a few years back that Wayne was a player who got goals in clutches, now it evens itself out which is good. He got two for us last Sunday and his goalscoring record is terrific."

Rooney, of course, began his career at Everton and has not always been successful playing against his former employers although Ferguson believes he will be at the peak of his powers against David Moyes' side when the two clubs meet on Sunday.

"At the end of the day, it's an important game Sunday and I always said of Rooney, he's a player who plays on the edge, he likes the edge of a big game, put it that way, and it's a big game Sunday."

AFP

Comments
  • Bob - 2012-04-20 12:57

    I didn't realise Bobby had scored so many for Utd, of course it doesn't compare against the 346 scored by the mighty Liverpools Ian Rush, or Roger Hunt 286, to be fair we did dominate the top English league for longer than any other team.

      jowza1 - 2012-04-20 13:48

      That is now history.at this moment in time liverpool are rubbish

      jowza1 - 2012-04-20 13:48

      That is now history.at this moment in time liverpool are rubbish

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:01

      Jowza, but we are talking about history, that is what old blue nose is talking about, scoring records over the history of the club, that is why I am enlightening you Utd supporters, I try and get you up to speed but it's a hard task.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:01

      Jowza, but we are talking about history, that is what old blue nose is talking about, scoring records over the history of the club, that is why I am enlightening you Utd supporters, I try and get you up to speed but it's a hard task.

      jowza1 - 2012-04-20 14:18

      bob,right now you are an average mid table team,at the rate you are going,you might just be in a relegation battle next year

      jowza1 - 2012-04-20 14:18

      bob,right now you are an average mid table team,at the rate you are going,you might just be in a relegation battle next year

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:41

      jowza, no mate we are not an average mid table team, we are in a bit of a false position in the league, probably 4th or 5th is more realistic, we already have one trophy on the shelf this season and we are in the final for another, to date the manc's have won nothing yet, obviously one of them is going to win the league, a great achievement, considering the mess KK took over he has done wonders in his 1st full season, I think Fergie won one trophy in his 1st 6 YEARS as utd manager, and he is hailed as the greatest manager of all time, not in my books he isn't, I don't even rate him the best current manager, that award goes to Maureen, he has achieved greatness with several teams, also Fergies sides can't hack it in Europe.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:41

      jowza, no mate we are not an average mid table team, we are in a bit of a false position in the league, probably 4th or 5th is more realistic, we already have one trophy on the shelf this season and we are in the final for another, to date the manc's have won nothing yet, obviously one of them is going to win the league, a great achievement, considering the mess KK took over he has done wonders in his 1st full season, I think Fergie won one trophy in his 1st 6 YEARS as utd manager, and he is hailed as the greatest manager of all time, not in my books he isn't, I don't even rate him the best current manager, that award goes to Maureen, he has achieved greatness with several teams, also Fergies sides can't hack it in Europe.

  • Bert - 2012-04-20 13:47

    Tommy Taylor, who was tragically killed at Munich along with 7 of his mates would have gone on to set a record that would have been unequaled even up to today I'm sure. Jack Rowley, Denis Law & Bobby Charlton, all these players, came across Centre Halves who gave no quarter, who today would no doubt be red carded half the time. Rooney wouldn't live with these guys of the past. Take away this belligerent childs' penalties and he'd be nowhere near anyway. Anyway the Glaswegian ex publican is half pissed most of the time these days. I had the privilege of seeing these greats in action. No I am not a Man U supporter, I am a Liverpool supporter through and through, but recognize class in any team. Bob, see you also a Liverpool supporter but this article is referring to all time great goal scorers of man U. I refer to the days when Clubs couldn't and didn't spend astronomical amounts of money on players. Pity though the Liverpool board wouldn't give Shankly the money to bring Law to Anfield from Huddersfield before he popped over to Italy!

      Bert - 2012-04-20 18:21

      See there are two thumbs down but no rational argument

      Bert - 2012-04-20 18:21

      See there are two thumbs down but no rational argument

  • Patrick Pappa-Bonkosie Raseboka - 2012-04-20 13:51

    interesting

  • Jeffrey - 2012-04-20 13:54

    The then and the now game plans and styles are different. by then we use to have what termed "18 to 18 area and score" dribble all players, rare or total not existing this years. For Rooney, C ronaldo and Messi, keep it up boys. Chelsea fan mina

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:06

      Jeffrey, you lost me a bit mate after styles are different, it's not that different, its a round ball and 22 players, defenders back then were allowed to be harder but then again so were forwards, at one time you could knock the goalie into the back of the net complete with ball in his grasp, no problem GOAL, so I think it evens out.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:06

      Jeffrey, you lost me a bit mate after styles are different, it's not that different, its a round ball and 22 players, defenders back then were allowed to be harder but then again so were forwards, at one time you could knock the goalie into the back of the net complete with ball in his grasp, no problem GOAL, so I think it evens out.

  • Maximus - 2012-04-20 13:55

    Too bad ManU are such a useless team. When such an average player like Rooney is scoring so many goals, it really shows how weak the EPL is lately.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:09

      Maximus, even me with my passionate hate of the mancs can't agree with you on this one, Rooney is a tad above average, infact he's pretty frikken good, I do agree the EPL is weak when a team lacking quality all over the field can win the League, back in the days when my boys dominated the league this current Utd side would have been battling relegation.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 14:09

      Maximus, even me with my passionate hate of the mancs can't agree with you on this one, Rooney is a tad above average, infact he's pretty frikken good, I do agree the EPL is weak when a team lacking quality all over the field can win the League, back in the days when my boys dominated the league this current Utd side would have been battling relegation.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-20 14:40

    Ha...the topic of History comes up and Bob is once again at the center of it. Bob or should I say Bobby, what is the 19 titles - History or what? You seem to talk of topics when it suits you. A few weeks ago you were singing like a bird about Man Utd fans bragging about their 19 titles and said that was history and that's all they go on about...now you bring up Ian Rush..that Dinosaur. If you think about back in the days when Rush played he used to carry Liverpool.....and he played even more games than Sir Bobby Charlton.....so the cahnces of scoring more were always there.....ManUtd on the other hand never had an out and outs striker that would bag 30 goals a season that because they have players all over the park that are capable of scoring. Even today it's still that way...it's only been a few seasons where players like Yorke, Van Nistelrooy were top Goal Scorers in the league. So before you try and seem intellectually advanced to everyone go and read some stats. In other words, Educate yourself!!!

      Bob - 2012-04-20 15:15

      Sharmilen, I see you didn't take my advice and go and support a local team, you will never know as much as a pommie like me about our league and the history and teams etc etc, and no I never said the scums 19 titles are history, it's history that builds a clubs err history, oh why I do I waste my time replying to you.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 15:15

      Sharmilen, I see you didn't take my advice and go and support a local team, you will never know as much as a pommie like me about our league and the history and teams etc etc, and no I never said the scums 19 titles are history, it's history that builds a clubs err history, oh why I do I waste my time replying to you.

  • Justin - 2012-04-20 14:59

    Toffees will win, and Man C to sneak the title! Anyone but Man U pleeez. Go peanuts...

      Bob - 2012-04-20 15:16

      Lets hope you are right Justin, Pleeeez anyone but the scum, we will never hear the end of it.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 15:16

      Lets hope you are right Justin, Pleeeez anyone but the scum, we will never hear the end of it.

      Lucien - 2012-04-20 15:47

      the same way everyone has to hear how liverpool won Cardiff on penalties in the Carling Cup final... What happened to True Red, that was the only guy on this sight that made comments that was understandable... The only YNWA supporter I will take my hat off too...

      Lucien - 2012-04-20 15:47

      the same way everyone has to hear how liverpool won Cardiff on penalties in the Carling Cup final... What happened to True Red, that was the only guy on this sight that made comments that was understandable... The only YNWA supporter I will take my hat off too...

      theo.thobejane - 2012-04-20 18:16

      man u i trust the guys n i thought they r ready 4 swip tht

      theo.thobejane - 2012-04-20 18:16

      man u i trust the guys n i thought they r ready 4 swip tht

  • Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-04-20 22:05

    Jozwa, well said. Rubbish is putting it mildly!

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