Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney targets Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record after hat-trick heroics in Arsenal annihilation

The 25-year-old says he is delighted to reach 150 United goals and hopes to overtake the 1966 World Cup winner as the Old Trafford club’s all-time top scorer in next few years
Wayne Rooney has set his sights on overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton as Manchester United’s all-time top scorer after surpassing 150 goals for the club in Sunday’s 8-2 annihilation of Arsenal.

Rooney entered Sunday’s match on 149 goals for United, but breezed past the milestone with a superb hat-trick as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in Premier League history over the injury-ravaged Gunners.

"It is always a great feeling to score," he said. "Now I have over 150 goals for a club like United and hopefully there are many more to come. I am delighted with the way it is going. I worked hard in preseason. I have started well and the team have started great.”

Now with his goal tally standing at 152, Rooney is targeting Sir Bobby’s total of 249 and writing his name into the Old Trafford history books as United’s all-time top scorer.

"I was aware I was one off 150 before the game," he added. "I asked how many Bobby Charlton scored. Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] said I had another 100 to go. That is a target. Hopefully I will do it in the next few years."