Wayne Rooney scored twice against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to reach 200 Manchester United goals as he enjoys a new lease of life under David Moyes who thinks he can become one of the club's greatest predators. Also Read: Rooney reaches 200-goal mark in Leverkusen win
The striker's commitment to Old Trafford had been questioned and he was left out of key games last season under Alex Ferguson, who also took to playing him in more of a midfield role as Robin van Persie took the goalscoring glory.
Rooney is fourth on United's all-time leading scorers' list, behind Bobby Charlton (249), Denis Law (237) and Jack Rowley (211) and his manager can see him going further. Also Read: Ronaldo treble sinks Galatasaray
"I remember coming in and saying you've got a real chance to be one of the all-time leading goalscorers at this club and I tell you what if he keeps playing like he did tonight he will get there," Moyes told a news conference.
Along with the rousing reception Rooney has been getting from the Old Trafford crowd, despite a turbulent few months, Moyes' faith in him seems to have lifted the England striker's mood and his game. Also Read: Manchester City breeze past Viktoria Plzen
Ferguson had said in May that Rooney wanted to leave the club, triggering a close season of speculation over his future and an ultimately unsuccessful but very public pursuit by Chelsea and Jose Mourinho for his signature.
As the rumours swirled, Rooney himself never spoke publicly on the matter and on Tuesday when asked about it he was still keen to avoid the issue of whether he wanted to stay or go.
"Listen, I will concentrate on my football as I have done all summer," he told ITV after a 4-2 victory over Leverkusen in their Champions League opener. "I got my head down in the summer, worked hard and I'm concentrating on my football.
"The fans here have been fantastic with me and the reception I get here is great. Hopefully I can reward them with goals and performances like tonight."
Moyes had long said Rooney was training well and was in a good frame of mind and slowly but surely he has been proven right as the striker - deployed in his more traditional role - has enjoyed a good start to the season.
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