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If he scores 20 goals this season, he'll become our all time top scorer... As long as he's our main striker, I think he'll get that this season. 19 behind Sir Bobby
 

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Hopefully he can bang in 20+ in the league this season. Don't see it personally but also hope if he goes on a bad run LVG has the balls to take him out the side, which is why we need another striker in.
 

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Hopefully he can recover but he will be dropped if he starts the season the way he finished the last.
 

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Surely seeing as Euro 2016 is around the corner it's written for him to have a fecking brilliant season, only to injure himself around April and get rushed back, playing like shit and getting blamed when England go out on penalties to Italy in the quarter finals?
 

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Surely seeing as Euro 2016 is around the corner it's written for him to have a fecking brilliant season, only to injure himself around April and get rushed back, playing like shit and getting blamed when England go out on penalties to Italy in the quarter finals?

This!

I can see him hitting 20 goals, give or take one or two.

If he is settled up front on a weekly basis then it shouldn't be a problem for him. Looking at the players around him to supply him and his finishing still being very good, I don't see why we can't get a great season out of him.
 

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Still failing to understand the 20 goal belief here. Its only happened twice. Would be nice for us if he proves me wrong but I doubt it'll happen. Bordering on delusion for me.
Twice in 2 seasons he played up front no ? If so then really any hope for him hitting those numbers isn't delusion at all.
 

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He scored like 3 goals in 15 games as a striker last season, I don't think he will score more than 15 if he plays as a striker in this one. It's not his fault, I just don't think that LVG's system is set up to get the best out of the strikers.
 

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Hopefully he can bang in 20+ in the league this season. Don't see it personally but also hope if he goes on a bad run LVG has the balls to take him out the side, which is why we need another striker in.
Oh no, you didn't just say that, did you? ...

Aside from that, Van Gaal has also said he wants his captains to play. Seems he'll put a lot of stock in his captain choices, and that Rooney will play not because he is the most in-form 9, 10 or 8, but because he is the most important person in the squad (to LVG, presumably).
 

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Despite his endless fluffed chances(with a rotation of pretty marginal players supplying him), his record under Roy who has pretty kept in a consistent role is a solid indicator he could get 20 goals if he played like 35+ games....which he probably won't. The supporting cast at United is the best it's been for him also, given he was in the supporting cast more or less for RVN and Ronaldo. Exceptionally big 12 months for him. Hope he can stay injury free so it'll be on him how he responds to it.
 

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Its all about service. If he plays as the main striker and gets service into him he will score. Most of the top number #9's have a midfield feeding them through balls. We mostly get our chances from the wide players. Rooney in 2009/10 season was our out and out target man and most of the time found himself on the end of crosses, think he scored about 16 headers that season. We now have a midfield that can handle themselves leaving Rooney available to concentrate on attack. I curious to see where Van Gaal plays him tonight.
 
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Rooney looked sharp in the first half IMO
 

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Looked really poor, nothing came off for him and his touch is typical Rooney. First game in a while, hopefully he will improve although he did have a preseason touch for most of last season! We need a new striker.
 

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Typical veteran performance. Half arsed and mind still on holiday.

Rooney (and Carrick) know its going to be a long season.
 

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He's obviously not match fit as are so many other players. This is why preseason is so important.
 

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Didn't do much at all. He better gets in shape we'll need him scoring up front this season.
 

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He usually starts slow, I would however make sure he sticks to his position between the two opposition center backs rather than drop deeper too frequently. No reason for him to do that anymore with the midfield we'd be playing with.
 

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I think he will score 20+ goals this season with th fecking midfield we have that's almost certain, Charlie Austin would score that.. but really wanna see better striker soon, he's kinda average. Kane next year and I'll be delighted.. Anyway quite harsh to criticize him today, his touch is fecking 5th leagueish but it's jut a first game..
 

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He can be a great player but he's so inconsistent its getting annoying. We will get in form Rooney one game then for the next 6 he is like a league 2 player. That isn't good enough for a man that's meant to be leading the line of a team that's challenging for honours. I hope we bring in another top striker that starts scoring and if needs be Rooney will be benched.
 

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The thing with Rooney is that he is a very good finisher, however, I think the other areas of his game are not good enough for him to get the required amount of opportunities to use that finishing to get 25+ goals. The likes of Aguero and Suarez get the numbers not just because they can finish. Their movement, dribbling, speed, quick feet etc will mean they probably have far more shooting opportunities than Rooney.

I fully trust Rooney to take a good chance if presented, it's just that in the PL today it is getting harder to get more than one or two good chances a game. You need to be able to make those opportunities by working and challenging defenders. That is the department he is behind other top strikers. He has a good strike from outside the box for instance, but more of his shots from 20 yards are blocked than Aguero because he doesn't have that skill, movement, acceleration or whatever to make that proper half a yard to unleash it.

I think being able to take a good chance alone may help him get 15 league goals, including one or two special moments he can still produce sporadically. However, to get 25+ you need more. Rooney doesn't get himself enough opportunities for that. You look at the goals Sturridge got a couple of seasons back - they were not just down to him being able to 'finish'. It was more down to him being a handful, and Rooney looks too easy to play against and contain for my liking. Of course, he will still get chances and still get goals, but I don't think he has enough of a threat other than the finishing to do huge numbers anymore.

I think you want a top striker in the modern game to have a few similar qualities to a good winger I guess, finishing aside. I think with Rooney, finishing aside, he has the qualities of a good central midfielder - which is typically not going to scare defenders.
 

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Well atleast we know he definitely won't be getting played in midfield this year, unless we have another horrendous injury saga. He needs a big year this season, I want to see him getting back to scoring headers and poaching goals in the box as he doesn't seem to score many like that these days.

Made some decent runs against CA but his lack of pace means he really has to time them perfectly. Hopefully after the pre season he wil be raring to go.
 

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The thing with Rooney is that he is a very good finisher, however, I think the other areas of his game are not good enough for him to get the required amount of opportunities to use that finishing to get 25+ goals. The likes of Aguero and Suarez get the numbers not just because they can finish. Their movement, dribbling, speed, quick feet etc will mean they probably have far more shooting opportunities than Rooney.

I fully trust Rooney to take a good chance if presented, it's just that in the PL today it is getting harder to get more than one or two good chances a game. You need to be able to make those opportunities by working and challenging defenders. That is the department he is behind other top strikers. He has a good strike from outside the box for instance, but more of his shots from 20 yards are blocked than Aguero because he doesn't have that skill, movement, acceleration or whatever to make that proper half a yard to unleash it.

I think being able to take a good chance alone may help him get 15 league goals, including one or two special moments he can still produce sporadically. However, to get 25+ you need more. Rooney doesn't get himself enough opportunities for that. You look at the goals Sturridge got a couple of seasons back - they were not just down to him being able to 'finish'. It was more down to him being a handful, and Rooney looks too easy to play against and contain for my liking. Of course, he will still get chances and still get goals, but I don't think he has enough of a threat other than the finishing to do huge numbers anymore.

I think you want a top striker in the modern game to have a few similar qualities to a good winger I guess, finishing aside. I think with Rooney, finishing aside, he has the qualities of a good central midfielder - which is typically not going to scare defenders.
Here's all of Rooney's finishes from the 09/10 season..


I see no reason why he can't finish chances like that again. Di Maria is the most likely to provide that sort of service whereas Young is not up to it and Valencia unfortunately isn't anymore either. Memphis looked quality yesterday though, so hopefully he can play like that in the premier league.
 

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Here's all of Rooney's finishes from the 09/10 season..


I see no reason why he can't finish chances like that again. Di Maria is the most likely to provide that sort of service whereas Young is not up to it and Valencia unfortunately isn't anymore either. Memphis looked quality yesterday though, so hopefully he can play like that in the premier league.
Would be amazing. He played with such fire that season. Still, I don't think it's wise in football to expect a player to play as he played 6 years ago. He has not done it since. Still, I'd love to see that Rooney next season. I believe we'd be the strongest side in the league if we did.
 

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Would be amazing. He played with such fire that season. Still, I don't think it's wise in football to expect a player to play as he played 6 years ago. He has not done it since. Still, I'd love to see that Rooney next season. I believe we'd be the strongest side in the league if we did.
I'm not expecting him to play like that for sure, but he's certainly more than capable of finishing off chances like that. The question is, can we get the right delivery from wide areas? For me, Di Maria can provide it with the game against Arsenal last season being an example. That's why I feel it's important we keep Di Maria. We need more players who have the vision and can play the final ball.
 
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