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Ferguson: Strikers have to score
Published : 23 Aug 2009 10:47:00
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Wayne Rooney after the England striker broke through the 100-goal mark for the club. Rooney scored a brace in the 5-0 victory against Wigan at the DW Stadium in an emphatic response to the defeat by Burnley. Michael Owen also got off the mark for United with Dimitar Berbatov and Nani extending their lead - all the goals coming in the second half. However, the day belonged to Rooney with his 100th and 101st goals for United. He made the breakthrough with a header from Antonio Valencia's cross and then clipped the ball home after his effort took a slight deflection off Mario Melchiot. Ferguson said: "It is a great achievement and he is only a young lad. Some players have been at the club for many years and not reached that total yet. It will do him a world of good. "Strikers have to score - that is their mantra. If they are not scoring they think the world is at an end. "When they are scoring they think they will never finish scoring. But that is what they are."