Wayne Rooney thanks Manchester United fans - and promises: 'there are a few more goals to come from me yet'
The striker scored twice in the Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen
Thursday 19 September 2013
Wayne Rooney does not want to lose the goalscoring bug.
Rooney became only the fourth player in Manchester United history to reach 200 goals with his double against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
There has still been no confirmation from the 27-year-old that he is willing to consider remaining at United after a summer when it seemed certain he would end up at Chelsea.
But Rooney has certainly made peace with the United supporters and he intends to repay them in the currency he knows best.
"The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot," Rooney told http://www.officialwaynerooney.com.
"I want to thank the fans for that.
"The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances.
"I'm happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals - and long may that continue."
That last statement in itself gives fuel to a feeling Rooney would be willing to sign a contract extension if it was offered.
Whether United would be willing to extend a deal due to expire in 2015 on the same enormous terms is debatable.
Nevertheless, his place in the club's history books is assured.
"It's a great honour for me to have scored 200 goals for a club like Manchester United," he said on http://www.officialwaynerooney.com.
"When you look at the list of top scorers I'm only the fourth player in the club's history to have reached this number after Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.
"It's certainly something I'm very proud of.
"My main aim is always to help the team win games and if I score that's a bonus. Hopefully there are still a few more goals to come from me yet."
And Sunday would be a good time to get one given United head to the Etihad Stadium for an eagerly-anticipated derby showdown with Manchester City.
"My main focus now is preparing as well as possible for the game against City at the weekend," he said.
"We all know they are a strong outfit and have made some good signings over the summer so we will definitely need to be at our best."
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