Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. Rooney is held in high regard by the United fans, but he still has a way to go to merit a place among the top echelon of club icons like Best, Charlton and Denis Law. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United. “This is still one of the world’s leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. “People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true. “This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change. “We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.” Moyes admitted it was “possible” Rooney could replace the departing Nemnaja Vidic as captain at the end of the season. The club confirmed on Friday that Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he retires. Press Association But with the prospect of another five-and-a-half years at the club, Rooney has a good opportunity to enhance his standing among the Old Trafford faithful. “Wayne is a great but he’s got a real chance to improve and be a legend,” said United boss Moyes. One obvious way Rooney can write his name into United’s history is by beating Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club. Rooney currently stands on 208 goals, but he knows he now has a good opportunity to become the most prolific striker in United’s history. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. David Moyes challenged Wayne Rooney to earn a place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in Manchester United folklore after the striker signed a lucrative new contract worth £300,000 a week.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule. Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.” ___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support. Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria.“The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public.Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___ The Latest: Army football schedule includes Navy, Air Force Associated Press August 24, 2020 Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports