Wayne Rooney focused on winning Premier League as Ferguson sets him 40 goal challenge

By Dean Wilkins

Wayne Rooney is remaining focused on winning the Premier League after Sir Alex Ferguson challenged him to score 40 goals for Manchester United this season.

The England striker scored both goals in a 2-0 win against West Brom yesterday as United watched their rivals City fall to a 1-0 defeat in Swansea.

And after the game, Fergie urged Rooney to extend his 26-goal tally in the final 10 matches and help the Reds clinch a 20th league title.

Ferguson said: “If Wayne gets to 40 goals I will be absolutely delighted because we will be in business then.”

He added: “The City defeat was a bonus I didn’t expect but I am happy to be top because only a few weeks ago we were seven points behind them.

“That is credit to the players and the resilience of the squad because as everyone knows, we have had a lot of injuries.”

After he was praised as ‘world-class’ by West Brom and England manager contender Roy Hodgson, Rooney said he remains focused on winning his fifth Premier League title.

He told MUTV: “I’m playing well and scoring goals so I hope that continues to help the team.

“To be honest, I obviously know what my [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.”

Rooney’s best goal tally stands at 34, which he reached during the 09/10 season.

In-form winger Ashley Young added on MUTV: “[Rooney] has done brilliantly this season and hopefully he goes on adding to his tally and we keep getting the three points.”

Manchester United are top of the Premier League table with 67 points, sitting one point above of Manchester City.

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