Wayne Rooney given 30-goal target for Manchester United
It wasn’t so long ago that David Moyes hinted that Wayne Rooney would be an understudy to Robin van Persie this season, although the Scot now regards the England striker as a firm part of his first team plans.
September 16th, 2013
Rooney opened his account for the season when scoring a free-kick against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Moyes now backing the forward to find the net on a regular basis over the coming months.
Moyes is not going to play Rooney in midfield this season, a position allocated by Sir Alex Ferguson last term, with the United boss looking for the player to forge a lethal partnership with Van Persie in the hope of retaining the Premier League title.
“It has been so stop-start through pre-season to get him to this situation. I think that for him it was a big moment. It was a great free-kick as well. The ability to get the ball up and down over the wall quickly was good.
“The hope is that we get a partnership where folk are saying, ‘My goodness we are having to play against Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney’. Everybody is looking to see if those two form a partnership that can score lots of goals. I have to say I have also got Chicharito [Javier Hernández] and Danny Welbeck. Danny has made a great start to the season.”
When asked about Rooney playing in midfield, Moyes said: “Not just now. I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us. He has scored a lot of goals. It was down last year. But to be successful you need to have people who can score you 20 goals. I am hoping with Robin and Wayne you have two there who you would say they have it in them to do that. It was also good for us that Robin scored. A good start.”