Rooney sets himself goals target
Wayne Rooney says he would be stunned if he failed to eclipse his
best seasonal tally of 23 following Manchester United’s 5-0 win
Rooney found the net for the 15th time this season as he
scored the first goal in Manchester United’s 5-0 hammering of Wigan
at Old Trafford tonight. The result took the Red Devils to within
two points of Premier League leaders Chelsea heading into 2010,
just as Sir Alex Ferguson demanded.
In addition, United have clawed back Chelsea’s massive goal
difference advantage. Now they trail by just two, with Rooney
certain he is going to get a few more.
“I would hope to beat my best total,” he said. “If I don’t
get another eight goals from now until the end of the season there
is something seriously wrong.
“I hit the post before I scored and the bar afterwards. I am
doing well and I feel fit. Hopefully that will continue.”
Following on from his superb performance at Hull on Sunday,
it was another masterclass from Rooney, which drew warm praise from
“Wayne was absolutely fantastic again, just like Sunday,”
said the United boss. “The energy he showed in his game and his
desire is marvellous.”
Even Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was purring. “Wayne Rooney
has been showing great maturity for the whole season,” he said. “He
is among that elite group of players in the Premier League who are
truly world class.”
However, Rooney was not alone in excelling. Antonio Valencia
in particular had a productive night against his old club, taking
his own tally to seven by netting the final goal of the year after
Michael Carrick, Rafael Da Silva and Dimitar Berbatov had found the
“Valencia is doing really well,” said Rooney. “He is really
quick and is aggressive getting to the ball and his crosses are
“To score seven goals already is a great achievement.”
Ferguson believes the Ecuador winger will get even more as
the season goes on, and they will be needed too as United chase a
record fourth consecutive Premier League title.
Aston Villa’s stumble over the Christmas period seems to have
turned the title battle into a three-horse race between United,
Chelsea and Arsenal, who have a match in hand.
“It is fairly close at the top,” Rooney added. “Arsenal are
up there as well and the team who is most consistent from now on
will win the league.”