However, Rooney’s double against Aston Villa last weekend took him onto 178, just one behind George Best and Dennis Viollet, joint fourth on the Red Devils’ scoring charts, and only 71 behind Charlton.
At just 26, Rooney has plenty of time on his side. Ferguson can see no reason why Rooney should not eventually become the most prolific player United have ever had. “He has time on his side to beat all types of records,” said Ferguson. “There is every chance of beating Bobby’s record. He is on track to beat it and I am sure he will do it,” he added. Rooney is currently on 31 for the season, just three adrift of the 34 he scored two seasons ago which represents his highest total to date.