The striker’s brace on Sunday in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa brought the 26-year-old’s total to 178 – just one behind the legends' record – and another two would lift the former Everton man into the top-five all-time scorers for the Red Devils.
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Bobby Charlton tops the list with 249 goals, with Rooney some way off that mark, but the attacker says, although getting amongst the club’s great would be a "great achievement", he is not concentrating on personal records for the time being.
"It would be great to equal the record and hopefully surpass them," Rooney told MUTV.
"It would be a great achievement that I would be proud of but I can't really look at that at the minute.
"If it happens then great, hopefully it will before the end of the season, but I'm just concentrating on my game."
Paul Scholes has been instrumental in getting United back on top of the Premier League and the team have won every game the veteran midfielder has started, with Rooney hopeful the 37-year-old will carry on past the current campaign.
He added: "Everyone has seen the quality over the years. It's just fantastic the way he keeps the ball for the team.
"He's a big, important player for us and, hopefully, he'll be here for a while."