Wayne Rooney recently went past the 200 mark when it comes to the number of goals scored from Manchester United. He is on course to beating Sir Bobby Charlton, who has 249 goals, in the next few years if he continues to stay at United.
Rooney came extremely close to leaving the club in the summer, as he was reportedly unhappy about being used in a number of positions. The comments made by new manager David Moyes in the pre-season about Rooney being a backup to Robin van Persie did not help matters either. Now, defender Viv Anderson, who was a former Manchester United player, says that Rooney is already a club legend.
Anderson has acknowledged that Rooney has had several ups and downs in his career, but he has always been a great player for United. The 27-year-old was signed for £ 30 million in 2004 from Everton. This was not the first time he decided to leave the club, as he submitted a transfer request in 2010 only to perform a turn around and sign a new contract 24 hours later. This time, he has not submitted a transfer request, but Chelsea were very close to securing him in a £ 40 million deal. Anderson believes that Rooney should get his head down and work on catching Charlton.
“He’s a United great and his record says that, 200 goals is great. He is only 40-odd short of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, so he has to be talked about like that. He has had his ups and downs with the supporters but when it comes to matters on the football pitch, he gives 100 per cent and I am personally pleased he is back on board,” said Anderson. “It was probably Wayne’s best performance that I’ve seen for a while,” said Michael Carrick.