Wayne Rooney has set his sights on making history next season, by becoming the record goalscorer for Manchester United and England.
Rooney is currently within one goal of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s international record and has 230 goals for Manchester United – and, he’s set himself a target of twenty goals this coming season, which (if accomplished) would better Charlton’s standing record of 249 club goals.
‘My best position – and I’ve always said it – is as a striker, getting into the box,’ Rooney told British journalists on United’s tour of the United States.
‘The two seasons I’ve really done that as a lone striker are my two best goal scoring seasons,” he added. ‘I hope to score 20 or more goals again. If I’m playing as a striker, then I will be disappointed if I can’t do that again. I’ve played different roles over the years for United but you only have to look when I play for England as a striker, I score goals.’
Rooney has averaged just over twenty goals per season in his Old Trafford career but has only reached that landmark three times in his career, in the 2006/7, 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons. Crucially, in each of those seasons, he was played solely as a centre forward, and in the case of the 2009/10 season, he was clearly in the ‘number nine’ role – and enjoyed his then best-ever return of 34 goals, a figure he matched two years later as he led the line in front of Danny Welbeck.
In addition to those records, Rooney may well target Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Champions League goal record of 35 goals – the English forward is currently on 30, and with two qualifiers giving him extra games to play, there is every opportunity that Rooney may become a record holder on three fronts by the time of the European Championships.