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Wayne Rooney games/goals in 2011/2012:

Premier League: 22 (2) / 20
FA Cup: 1 / 2
Champions League: 4 / 2
Europa League: 2 / 2
Other: 1 / 0
Total: 30 (2) / 26

12/03/2012 10:06, Report by Adam Marshall

Rooney focused on team

Wayne Rooney wants to keep scoring more for Manchester United's sake, rather than the pursuit of any personal milestones or awards.

His manager Sir Alex Ferguson has cheekily set the in-form marksman a target of 40 goals for the current campaign after a match-winning double against West Brom took his tally to 26 so far. Rooney has nine goals in his last six matches in all competitions, while in the Barclays Premier League alone, only Arsenal's Robin van Persie has scored more - 25 to Wayne's 20.

The England striker admits his best-ever haul for a season - 34 goals in 2009/2010 - is in the back of his mind but insist his first thoughts are for the team and the pursuit of a record 20th title.

When told by MUTV that Sir Alex wants 40 goals out of him, Rooney replied: "I'm sure we all would! I'm playing well and scoring goals so I hope that continues to help the team.

"To be honest, I obviously know what my [previous best] tally is and how many goals I still need to score to reach it. But I'm not focusing on that at the minute. I'm focused on the 10 games left and hopefully getting those points to help us be successful. If it happens, then great but the most important thing is for us to be winning trophies."

Ashley Young added on the club's official TV channel: "He [Wayne] has done brilliantly this season and hopefully he goes on adding to his tally and we keep getting the three points."

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