Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Wayne Rooney’s “outstanding” achievement and says he cannot see anyone beating his Manchester United scoring record.
The 31-year-old notched his 250th United goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke to move clear of Sir Bobby Charlton, with the World Cup winner also calling Rooney a “true great” after breaking a record that had stood since 1973.
Ferguson, who led the Old Trafford side to 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League crowns, praised Rooney and said the United captain’s record may well stand the test of time.
“Well, it lasted for 44 years, I think, and when Wayne Rooney joined the club I could never imagine anybody could beat Sir Bobby’s record,” Ferguson told MUTV.
“So his achievement is outstanding. It’s amazing. He’s 200-odd games short of Bobby’s playing record and that makes it even more amazing.
“I don’t think [anyone can overtake Wayne]. I couldn’t say never – never say never – but if you look at modern-day football, Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can keep players for over 10 years.
“It is more difficult than ever but we were very lucky if you look at my time, even in Sir Matt Busby’s time, we had players who stayed for more than 10 years. Many, many players did that and Wayne is one of them.
“But, in the modern day, you see it happening less and less that players stay for that length of time.
“For instance, Jose [Mourinho] mentioned young Marcus Rashford and he’s got to score more than 20 goals a season for the next 10 years or so and that is difficult in itself. You hope it lasts and he stays here more than 10 years but there are fewer players doing that now.”