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Wayne Rooney sets sights on becoming Manchester United's highest scorer

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his side's first goal to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for Manchester United by scoring his 249th goal for the club during the Emirates FA Cup, Third Round match at Old Trafford 
Simon Peach

WAYNE Rooney has already set his sights on becoming Manchester United's outright top goalscorer after equalling the record in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over Reading.

The 31-year-old striker joined Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 club goals with his seventh-minute opener in the third round tie against the Royals.

Anthony Martial slotted his sixth goal of the season into the bottom right corner to double the lead eight minutes later before Marcus Rashford's second-half brace sealed a comfortable victory.

Rooney told BT Sport 1: "It's a proud moment to do so at such a massive club like Manchester United.

"I'm hugely honoured to be able to play for this football club but to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby, it's a really proud moment for me and hopefully I'll be out there on my own soon. But I'll enjoy today because it's a real honour."

Rooney, who was pleased to equal the record in front of United's fans at Old Trafford, admitted he never dreamed of scoring so many goals for the club when he arrived from Everton in 2004.

"You don't think that far ahead but I've been at this club for a long time," he added. "I'm enjoying it, I'm enjoying my football and I'm thankful again today to score again. It's a huge part of my life this football club.

"Of course you want to do records in front of your home fans. We've got two home games coming up (against Hull and Liverpool) so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those two games. I'm delighted for today but I think more importantly for today is the result."

United boss Jose Mourinho is also keen for Rooney to break the record, preferably with a crucial strike.

"It's amazing but I want one more goal and I want a very important one, a last-minute goal, something really important for us because he is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do that," Mourinho said.

"Obviously, Sir Bobby Charlton is Sir Bobby Charlton but to have Wayne as the top-scorer in the history of such a big club is something magnificent for him."

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