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Rooney: I want 200 goals
Wayne Rooney has warned Real Madrid he is just coming into his prime — and has set his sights on reaching 200 goals for Manchester United. The striker warmed up for tomorrow night’s Champions League clash with his first club goal for a month in Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Norwich. It took his tally for the Red Devils to 196 — yet he says he still has plenty in the tank ahead of the reunion with his old pal Cristiano Ronaldo. At 27, he believes his best years are ahead of him and insists he is still feeling fresh after a stop-start season at Old Trafford. Rooney said: “The age I’m at is the time when most players start to peak — from now and across the next four or five years. Hopefully that’ll be the case and the team will benefit from that. I haven’t played as many games as I normally would have at this point in the season and I do feel fresh and ready for that battle until the end of the season. It’s been a bit stop-start with a couple of injuries, which has been a bit disappointing. I just want to keep myself fit until the end of the season now and play a part in as many games as I can to help the team be successful. But with the way the manager rotates the team there will be a lot of players who are feeling fresh.”
In the same paper, Cristiano Ronaldo says he’d love to score at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when the Portuguese ace returns to the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since leaving United in 2009. “It would be a beautiful sensation,” Ronny admits. “If I score against them, it would be spectacular.”
Elsewhere, Mark Ogden of the Telegraph claims Phil Jones will be given time to prove his fitness for the Real Madrid match, while columnist Alan Hansen says “disrupting service to Ronaldo is one of five ways Sir Alex Ferguson’s men can blunt forward’s cutting edge.”