Wayne Rooney can score 25 goals this season, and a hat-trick against Arsenal, says Paul Scholes

Scholes has no doubts former team-mate will bounce back from slump

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Paul Scholes has said that Wayne Rooney will score 20-25 goals this term if he plays the full season.

Rooney did not have the best of nights aganst Wolfsburg despite Manchester United's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League last night, but his former team-mate Scholes said that he has no doubts Rooney will go on to score "20-25 goals" this season if he stays fit, and he would not be surprised if the United captain scores a hat-trick against Arsenal in their crucial Premier League clash on Sunday.

Speaking as a pundit on BT Sports after United's victory over Wolfsburg, Scholes said:

"He didn't have his best night, we all saw that.

"But we know what Wayne is capable of, if he plays a full season he will score 20-25 goals.

"He's the type of player that can have a bad night and then go and score two, or three on Sunday."

Rooney has scored four goals for United this season.

In the win over Wolfsburg, recovered from conceding a goal after four minutes to win their first Champions League match of the season when they beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Exactly six years to the day since the two clubs last met at Old Trafford, the Group B game followed the same pattern with Wolfsburg taking the lead and United winning.

Daniel Caligiuri opened the scoring after some poor United defending before Juan Mata equalised with a 34th-minute penalty after Caligiuri handled in his own penalty area.