David Moyes is confident that Wayne Rooney‘s great start to the season for Manchester United is only a sign of things to come.
The 28-year-old has been back to his best this season and has become our talisman once again. Without his eight goals and five assists in 12 appearances, United would be well and truly out of the title race already.
Rooney had to be convinced to stay at the club by Moyes but it has paid dividends so far, something Moyes expects to continue.
This weekend, Rooney will make his 500th club appearance if he plays against Aston Villa and Moyes wants him to cement his status as a ‘legend’ at the club.
“There are big things ahead for Wayne and some big targets ahead – he can break Sir Bobby’s record,” Moyes told reporters in yesterday’s press conference.
“I think he can [have a long career].
“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, real top status here as those targets are not too far away. If he keeps playing well, as he is now, I’m sure he’ll get there.
“I believe he will and he can because he’s that good and he’s a boy who will play for a long time. He’s been in the game a long time already but is someone who can go on and play many, many more games. Whether he reaches Giggsy’s total is another matter as it’s nearly inhuman the amount of games that Ryan has played.”
Rooney has gone some way to repair the damage he created in 2010 with his performances this season but it is unlikely he will ever be held in the same regard as the likes of Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton are at the club.
Despite that, Rooney will always be remembered for the goals he scored at the club and even though he has already been here for nearly ten years, if he can maintain this sort of fitness there is no reason why he can’t be here for another five.