Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson predicted that his star striker, Wayne Rooneys, season will take off this week after his two mid week goals against Aston Villa.
Rooney scored Uniteds first two and was unlucky not to get a third against Villa at Old Trafford, and will be relishing the chance to add to his tally against bottom club Wolves tonight,
Rooney scored 34 goals last season, but stopped scoring after an injury against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and had a poor World Cup.
Off the field problems and further injury added to his problems and Tuesday nights goals were only his fourth and fifth of the season.
Ferguson has seen Rooney go through similar spells before however, and feels he is at the beginning of another purple patch.
“He has a fantastic energy to play the game, he’s always committed to doing his best,” Ferguson said at his pre match press conference.
“The bonus is…he’s got two goals and hopefully there’s every chance that scoring the type of goals he scored the other night — particularly that first goal — that he’ll take off.
“I think goalscorers are like that, that’s what we’re going to see with Wayne. He’s got 14 league games, European games, FA Cup games left…he could easily get a good average goal scoring this year.”
United have received a boost this week as Darren Fletchers eye injury has not proved serious enough to keep him out today, and Rafael will return after two weeks out following a concussion.
United can set a new club record today by avoiding defeat at bottom club Wolves. If they don’t get beaten they will set a club record 30 games unbeaten, beating the previous record from their treble winning 1998-99 season.
Arsenal still hold the all time record of 49 games, including going an entire season unbeaten in their 2003-04 title winning year and United will have to finish this season and continue into next unbeaten to break that record.
United will hope to keep their lead at the top, leading Arsenal by five points, City by eight and Chelsea by ten.