Rooney May Not Have Equalled Sir Bobby’s Goalscoring Record

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Wayne Rooney may not have equalled Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at Manchester United just yet, as per some sources.

The current United captain scored the opener in Reds’ 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading, by hitting a Juan Mata cross with his knee to direct the ball into the back of the net, and thereby equalling Sir Bobby’s official record of having scored 249 competitive goals for Manchester United.

However, according to some sources, Rooney may not have actually equalled Sir Bobby’s record, due to a debate over the number of goals Charlton actually scored during his time with the Red Devils.

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Oliver Kay, the Chief Football Correspondent at The Times, has shed some light over this issue, by posting these tweets on his official twitter handle:

These tweets highlight the fact that despite Sir Bobby Charlton scoring a brace against Verona on May 2, 1973 in the Anglo-Italian Cup – his final appearance for the club – those two goals do not count due to the fact that the aforementioned appearance isn’t counted as one of his official 758 appearances.

The footnote on United’s official website states: “Sir Bobby subsequently played in the Anglo-Italian Cup, away to Verona on 2 May, and scored twice in United’s 4-1 win. However, this game is not counted as one of his 758 competitive appearances.”

But despite this official statement, numerous fans still believe Sir Bobby’s goalscoring tally to be 251 instead of the official 249.

Therefore, considering these statistics, Wayne Rooney will have to score 2 more goals to become the joint-top scorer for Manchester United, and 3 more to become the all-time top scorer.

But then again, don’t be too surprised if twitter manages to further complicate things…


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