Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roo Set to Leapfrog Rowley in Goal List ; Big Match Preview United V Liverpool

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roo Set to Leapfrog Rowley in Goal List ; Big Match Preview United V Liverpool

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WAYNE Rooney stands on the brink of goalscoring greatness ahead of United's clash with Liverpool.

While David Moyes' desperate need for a morale-boosting result has claimed much of the attention ahead of the game, Rooney's impending milestone has gone somewhat under the radar.

The Englishman is one goal shy of taking third place in the club's alltime top scorers list - a feat he would surely love to achieve against the club he grew up despising as a young Evertonian.

And Reds fans too will hope tomorrow is the day he moves up the goalscoring charts with United needing to keep their slim top-four hopes alive with victory over the old enemy. Any such contribution from Rooney would, of course, also dent their rivals' bid to claim a maiden Premier League title in the process.

A brace against Brendan Rodgers' men would see Rooney pass Jack Rowley, with his tally of 210 goals in 433 appearances putting him just behind the Reds legend (211 goals, 424 appearances).

Either way, the total held by the man nicknamed 'The Gunner' by fans will surely fall before the season's end.

That would leave only Denis Law (237 goals) and Sir Bobby Charlton (249) standing between Rooney history.

Rowley is perhaps less vaunted than both Charlton and Law, but his place in the club's history should not be underestimated.

His goals were the cornerstone of Sir Matt Busby's first great team, with two of them coming in the 1948 FA Cup final victory over Blackpool which brought the Scot's first trophy. Rowley also scored an incredible 30 times in 40 outings as Busby brought his maiden First Division title to Old Trafford in the 1951-52 season.

That marked the striker's best season during his 17 years at the club, but there were plenty others containing goal hauls most strikers would kill for.

In fact his figures - along with a-goal-agame record of six in six for England - suggest Rowley would have been way out in front of Charlton and Law had the Second World War not put his career on hold between the ages of 19 and 25. …

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