27/07/2009 07:00, Report by Nick Coppack
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Wayne sets tally aim

Wayne Rooney has vowed to find the net more often this season as the Reds adjust to life after Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored 68 goals in his last two seasons at Old Trafford (30 per cent of United's total tally) but will ply his trade in La Liga this term after his world-record £80million move to Real Madrid.

The Portuguese winger's departure has turned up the heat on Rooney and fellow strikers Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Federico Macheda. All are expected to chip in with more goals this term, although it's Rooney fans and the media are focused on.

But if Wayne's feeling the pressure, he's certainly not showing it. "I'm pretty relaxed about things," he told "There are a lot of great players in our team and we know if we all work together then we’re capable of achieving great things.

"I’ve always said I'd like to score more goals than I did the previous season [20 in 2008/09] so that’s what I’m aiming for again this time. If I can do that I’ll be really happy."

Rooney's comments came at the tail-end of United's pre-season tour of the Far East, a trip on which the England international's had no trouble finding the

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Wayne's goal

"I’ve always said I'd like to score more goals than I did the previous season. If I can do that this season I’ll be happy."
- Wayne Rooney

Rooney's Reds record

2004/05 – 17 goals
2005/06 – 19 goals
2006/07 – 23 goals
2007/08 – 18 goals
2008/09 – 20 goals


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