Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Wayne Rooney’s ‘outstanding’ goalscoring achievement and doesn’t think anybody will break the new Manchester United scoring record the club captain has set.
The 31-year-old notched up his 250th goal for the Red Devils during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City, equalising with a spectacular late free-kick to beat the previous record set by Sir Bobby Charlton in 1973.
It was Sir Alex who brought Rooney to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004, for around £30 million, which made him the most expensive teenager of all time, but the Scot believes the length of time Rooney has remained with the club, makes good value for money.
Sir Alex, who led the Old Trafford side to 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League crowns, was speaking to MUTV about Rooney’s outstanding achievement.
“Well, it lasted for 44 years, I think, and when Wayne Rooney joined the club I could never imagine anybody could beat Sir Bobby’s record,” Ferguson said.
“So his achievement is outstanding. It’s amazing. He’s 200-odd games short of Bobby’s playing record and that makes it even more amazing.
“I don’t think [anyone can overtake Wayne]. I couldn’t say never – never say never – but if you look at modern-day football, Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can keep players for over 10 years.
“For instance, Jose [Mourinho] mentioned young Marcus Rashford and he’s got to score more than 20 goals a season for the next 10 years or so and that is difficult in itself. You hope it lasts and he stays here more than 10 years but there are fewer players doing that now.”
Rooney’s contract is set to expire in June next year and after losing a regular starting spot for the Red Devils, there is speculation as to what he will do next. He has always insisted he would not walk away from Man Utd and has his eye on a career in the management side.