Wayne Rooney Cements Red Devils' Legacy, Ties George Best for League Goals

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 30, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on January 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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There's no two ways about it: Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United legend. Not only does his scintillating talent dictate this, but so do his stats.

Rooney went for a double, as he netted both of the Red Devils' goals in their 2-1 win over Southhampton on Wednesday. This propelled him ahead of fellow Red Devils legend George Best to sit as the sixth most prolific scorer for the Red Devils in league play. 

Fox Soccer tweeted this after Rooney's first goal, which occurred in the eighth minute: 

He added his second in the 27th minute to push his total goals scored in league play for the Red Devils to 138. Rooney pulled this off after having made just 267 league appearances for United. Best did his in 361. 

Since joining the Red Devils in the summer of 2004, Rooney has often saved his best for the home fans—he now has scored 101 goals in the friendly confines of Old Trafford. 

His best season for the Red Devils came in 2009-10, when he scored 42 goals in all competitions, and he was named as the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. 

Rooney also continues his ascent up the Red Devils' all-time scorer list. He is currently fourth with 193 goals scored in all appearances. 

Bobby Charlton currently sits atop both of these club, goal-scoring lists. He registered 199 goals in league play and 249 in all appearances. 

So, Rooney has a ways to go if he wants to reign atop both lists, but it is not out of the realm of possibility—especially considering that he plans on playing 10 more seasons. 

Whatever happens for the remainder of his career, Rooney has already guaranteed himself a prominent spot among the elite players in the history of this outstanding club.