Wayne Rooney is having the season of his career – which, given previous prolific campaigns and the unerring high standards of goalscoring he keeps, is a sentence that truly demands your attention. Two goals to rescue Manchester United from the jaws of defeat at Spurs this weekend, the ninth and tenth of 2012-13, have brought the striker’s Premier League goal tally to 149 for Manchester United. Only Thierry Henry has more (175) for a single club.
Aged 28, with his Old Trafford career on track after worries he’d leave last summer and only 26 goals standing between him and the former Arsenal forward, it’s a record he’s destined to break. The question, inspired by his sparkling performances of late, is: might he even do it this season?
Only four players have scored more Premier League goals than Rooney: Alan Shearer (260), Andy Cole (187), Henry and Frank Lampard (168). Sunday’s brace brought Rooney’s total to 164, included strikes from his time at Everton as a teenager. Maybe Spurs should have expected it – not only has Rooney scored (8) or assisted (5) 59% of the Reds’ Premier League goals this season, but he’s scored 8 Premier League goals against the White Hart Lane side, including 6 in his last 6 PL starts against them.
On average, the England forward scores an average 17.62 Premier League goals a season. He’d need to only keep up that scoring rate to the age of 34 to beat Shearer’s record. Except Rooney isn’t just keeping up at present – he’s in the peak physical condition and best scoring form of his career. Watch your back, Shearer…
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