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Ibrahimovic to help Rooney break scoring record

2016-11-25 08:44
Wayne Rooney.(Getty Images)

Manchester - Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will help Wayne Rooney to score one more crucial goal after the Manchester United captain broke the club's European goalscoring record.

Rooney netted the opening goal in United's 4-0 demolition of Feyenoord in their penultimate Europa League Group A match at Old Trafford on Thursday night to take his tally to 39 - just one short of matching Sir Bobby Charlton's club-record of 249 goals.

Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and an own goal from Brad Jones completed the rout, to leave United needing just a point from their final group game against Zorya Luhansk to progress to the knockout stage of the competition.

After the match, Ibrahimovic, who laid the ball on for Rooney to score, told BBC Sport: "He is a fantastic person. I am happy he broke the record. But I will help him to go one more. That I see as the real record."

Responding to questions over Rooney's recent indiscretions following England's win over Scotland where he was photographed being drunk at a wedding, the Swede added: "I think when you are famous like that, people are interested. They want to know everything.

"We should appreciate him for the player he is, what he did. I don't see many players from England who have had the same career as him. They should show more respect for him. Everybody wants to make a little thing a big thing."

And on the possibility of progressing further in the Europa League, Ibrahimovic concluded: "If we can win it, it would be fantastic. At the end of your career, you can look back and see how many trophies you have collected.

"The philosophy of the club is to win trophies. As long as we are in it, we will try to win it."

Rooney will be hoping to break the long-standing Bobby Charlton record when United face West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Kick off is at 18:00.

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