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Moyes sets Rooney 30-goal target

September 16, 2013
By Richard Jolly

David Moyes has set Wayne Rooney a 30-goal target after pledging not to play the Englishman in midfield this season.

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Rooney registered his first goal of the campaign -- and the 198th of his Manchester United career -- in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old only scored 16 club goals last season but struck 35 times for United in 2011-12 and 34 in 2009-10.

And Moyes is encouraging him to reach the 30-goal barrier again, telling British daily newspapers: "I will try to do that. I think Wayne's aim will be to do that as well. Hopefully we can make that happen.

"He has scored a lot of goals. It was down last year. But to be successful you need to have people who can score you 20 goals. I am hoping with Robin [van Persie] and Wayne you have two there who you would say they have it in them to do that."

So far, Moyes has played Rooney in his preferred position, just off van Persie, whereas Sir Alex Ferguson used the former Everton player in the centre of midfield against Stoke and Aston Villa last season.

But Moyes added: "I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us.

"The hope is that we get a partnership where folk are saying, 'My goodness we are having to play against Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney'. Everybody is looking to see if those two form a partnership that can score lots of goals."

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