Rooney was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer but turned his back on a move to Stamford Bridge and now David Moyes wants him to become Manchester United’s record goal scorer.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has encouraged Wayne Rooney to become an all time great at the club by becoming United’s record goal scorer, the Daily Mirror reports.
Rooney looked close to a move to Chelsea over the summer, with reports suggesting he had become unsettled at Old Trafford and was looking to move away from the club.
However, despite Chelsea submitting two bids for him, Rooney decided to remain at Manchester United when he told the club that he wouldn’t be handing in a transfer request.
With Rooney’s future sorted out, Moyes hopes the striker can become a legend at Old Trafford and believes the 27 year old can replace Sir Bobby Charlton as the clubs record goal scorer.
“I do think there’s a situation where Wayne could go on to emulate some of the greats at Manchester United with the goals he can score,” said Moyes.
“It’s there for me, the challenge is there. We’ve set it down for him – ‘Can you put yourself in this position?’.
“We’ve said he’s got an opportunity to reach the great heights here if he wants. He’s already reached great heights.
“But he’s got an opportunity to reach the heights of people like Sir Bobby Charlton who are on as high a pedestal as anyone at this football club.”
Rooney has so far scored 197 goals in his Manchester United career but has time to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s record, which stands at 249 goals.