Wayne Rooney has promised that he will score enough goals to give Manchester United a fighting chance to win the title
Despite posting his lowest goal return for United last season since arriving from Everton in 2004, Rooney will shoulder the goalscoring burden in the forthcoming campaign. Rooney also insists that he can recapture the form of 2009-10 when he scored 24 goals in all competitions.
"My best position, and I have always said it, is as a striker, getting into the box," Rooney said. "And the two seasons I have really done that as a lone striker have been my two best goalscoring seasons. It is where the manager and myself see my best position.
"Hopefully I can get a good run of games and repay the manager and score goals for the team, but it (pressure) is obviously on me to do that," he said in an interview with the Telegraph.
"I have no doubts that I can score 20 goals or more again and I am ready to take on that mantle and be the one who gets the goals for this team. If I play up there again this season, then I can get the goals. It is where I like and it is where I will play."
"I have played different roles over the years for United, but you only have to look when I play for England as a striker, I score goals," Rooney said.
"I hope to score 20 or more goals again this season. If I am playing as a striker, I will be disappointed if I cannot that do that. The last time I really played the full season as a striker was 2011-12. All the other seasons, I have been up front, then in midfield or out wide, so hopefully if I will stay up front.
"Can we challenge for the title? Yes, I think so," he said.
"At times last season, we were very good in some of the big games and that added quality will help us be a bit more consistent and it will give us a real chance at the title."
United take on San Jose Earthquakes in California tonight before facing Barcelona and Paris St Germain in San Francisco and Chicago.