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Ex-Man Utd Ace: Rooney Wants To Be A Winner, Not A Record Breaker

Former Manchester United hero Louis Saha has declared that Wayne Rooney would rather be a winner than a record breaker, as reported by the Daily Star.

Rooney is closing in on breaking the record for the most goals scored for the English national side, with the player’s pair of strikes over the international break edging him ever closer.

However, Saha does not believe that this is what encourages him, with Rooney instead motivated by winning the matches that he appears in.

He said: “It is all about winning trophies for him. That’s more important to him.

“Thierry Henry is France’s all-time leading scorer but if you ask him, it’s not about how many goals he scored but how many helped win something for his country. That’s how you’re judged.

“If a record is there to be broken then Rooney will definitely try to beat it. He is that type of a player, a very passionate guy.

“And to become your country’s greatest goalscorer is a dream to fulfil. But it was never his ambition to do that because he’s a team player.

“You want to win World Cups. I’m sure Rooney would rather score the winner in a World Cup final than be remembered for the record.”

Saha worked with Rooney for four years while he was at Old Trafford, and got to see his winning spirit first hand.

Rooney is also on the cusp of breaking a handful of records at Man Utd, and Saha is of the opinion that the addition of a series of new strikers will motivate him to do even better.

He said: “Strikers don’t always get on well. But it’s helpful. It’s all about competition in your group. You are proud. You have to improve to make sure you are not left out.

“You always find players who have an ego. But this is very healthy. You always thrive under that competition because otherwise you will be dropped.”


Saha played for the likes of Everton and Fulham during his career.

Man Utd Star Calls Dynamic Front Trio The Best In The World

Manchester United new boy Ander Herrera has declared that the club’s front three of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are the best in the world, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

He has even gone as far as to say that to play behind the trio is nothing less than an honour.

Herrera is currently out injured with a fractured rib, putting him on the sidelines shortly after his big money move from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.

He said: “I want to try to score more goals. It’s very important for the midfielders.

“I like assists as well and I think we have maybe the best three strikers in the world here in Rooney, Van Persie and Falcao.

“Juan [Mata], Angel [Di Maria], Adnan [Januzaj], Daley [Blind], Fletch [Darren Fletcher] and me are all going to help them try to score, and if I score of course I’ll be very happy.

“The Premier League is a great league. It’s a very quick league, non-stop and great spectacle for the fans.

“That’s good because sometimes in other countries there are more teams that try to keep the ball in their end of the pitch but in the Premier League you will see a lot of goals.”

Man Utd began the new season in poor form, and fell to defeats against newly promoted Leicester and League One side MK Dons.

The loss against MK Dons was particularly humbling, with the minnows winning that game 4-0 against a weakened Man Utd side.

A series of signings seems to have arrested their poor form, however, with a pair of 2-1 wins prior to the international break against West Ham and Everton aiding their climb up the table.

Arsenal Legend Declares Man Utd Star Will Never Be The Greatest

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has declared that Wayne Rooney will never match up to Bobby Charlton as England’s greatest player, despite the fact that the Manchester United star is on the cusp of breaking Charlton’s goalscoring record for the national side, as reported by the Daily Star.

Rooney scored a penalty against San Marino on Thursday night, which took him to within two goals of Jimmy Greaves.

However, the Man Utd striker undoubtedly has his eyes on Charlton’s goalscoring record, and will match it with only six more goals for the Three Lions.

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Merson, who played 21 times for the national team, does not believe that Rooney’s achievements will match up to greats of the past.

In fact, he believes that the former Everton forward’s poor record in tournaments means that his goals are simply less important than the greats.

He is, however, aware that Rooney will still go down in history if he manages to break the record.

Merson wrote: “It’s a massive achievement to score more goals than anyone else for your country and he will go down in history for it.

“I mean, think of all the great strikers who have tried and failed before him – Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen.

“But you have to put it in perspective. Sir Bobby Charlton scored 49 goals for England against much better teams.

“How often did that England team play against sides as poor as San Marino and Estonia? It just didn’t happen in those days.

“Rooney could also break the record having won less caps than Charlton, who finished on 106. But he hasn’t won the World Cup, has he?

“And how many goals has he ever scored in a World Cup semi-final?

“Bobby Charlton put England into the final when he scored twice against Portugal in the semis in 1966.”