Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney can break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record and prolong his career like Ryan Giggs.
Manchester United travel to face Aston Villa on Sunday as they look to get back their league campaign on track. David Moyes’ men are on a four match winless streak and have suffered two back to back defeats at home in their last two games. The loss against Newcastle United came as a big blow as the reigning Premier League champions failed to score in two matches in a row. The Red Devils are currently ninth in the league table and now face an uphill battle to fight their way back into the top-four. They are currently 13 points behind the league leaders Arsenal and it looks unlikely that Manchester United will be able to mount a significant title challenge this season.
But Man United can take confidence from their performance in Europe. They are coming into this fixture on the back of a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, which won them the group and the possibility of facing an easier opponent in the next round. This will be a crucial part of the season for United as they face a relative easy run of fixtures. David Moyes’ men will face the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham, Hull City and Norwich in their next four matches. This gives them a good opportunity to close the gap at the top as most of the big teams will face each other during this period. David Moyes has pointed this out as big scope for United to build up some momentum.
“We see it as an opportunity. We have got a long way to go and we have to try to make sure we only take one game at a time. Football is like that anyway, we can only take it one game at a time and see what happens later in the season. I can’t talk about it now, we’re too far away from it but we’ll do everything possible to get closer [to the top].
“We want to play well. We’ve not done as well in the league as we should have done but we’re working hard to try to put it right. The quality of players we have got here gives us a chance to do that and hopefully that will be the case.
“There were a lot of games we were expected to win before but this club is expected to win all its games. That’s the fact and why, if we lose one or two, things get said. I totally understand that. When I came here, I knew that was the situation. We’ve got a lot of games coming up where we can pick up points, but what we need to do is not talk about it and make it happen on the field.” – The Manchester United manager told the press.
David Moyes was also full of praise for Wayne Rooney and expressed his belief that the England international, who has been in eye catching form this season, will break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for Manchester United.
“There are big things ahead for Wayne and some big targets ahead – he can break Sir Bobby’s record.” – Moyes insisted.
Moyes also believes that Rooney can prolong his career like Ryan Giggs and is sure to be considered as one of the legends of this club when he finishes his career.
“I think he can. As he gets older, he’s adaptable and such a good football player. If he gets older and loses his pace, he can play a bit deeper.
“There are some fantastic legends around this club and Wayne has got a chance of turning out as one of them. He already is but he can get real” – He added.