Is 30 goals a realistic target for Wayne Rooney?

Manchester United boss David Moyes has set Wayne Rooney a 30 goal target for this season but can he get there?

Rooney bagged his first goal of the campaign in the weekend win against Crystal Palace and he’s set for another chance to add to that tally in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow night.

Moyes has confirmed that Rooney will be used primarily in attack this season, in behind Robin van Persie with David Moyes expecting a hefty return from one of his best players in the Premier League, domestic tournaments and the Champions League.

“I will try to do that (get Rooney to 30 goals) - 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',” Moyes told the press.

So is it a realistic target?

In theory yes because Rooney is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and across Europe, able to play different roles in an attack and pop up in different positions.

However, for him to have a concrete chance of scoring 30 goals, his position surely has to be more advanced.

If he plays alongside Robin van Persie at the top of the attack then he should find himself getting a higher ratio of chances as opposed to the more accustomed withdrawn attacking role we now see him playing.

It could just be a tactic designed by Moyes to get Rooney to drag himself back to the form of 2011/2012 having scored only 16 goals in all competitions for the club last season.

However, that 16 goal tally in itself is arguably one of his best tallies considering he played the majority of matches in a midfield role as opposed to playing behind and interchanging with van Persie.

“I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us. 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 (in the Premier League alone)” added Moyes.

Moyes may have in his mind that he wants Rooney to score 20-25 goals and therefore setting a higher target ensures that if he only puts in three quarters of effort, he should hit that target for the club.

In his last nine seasons with United, he has not scored fewer than 15 goals for the club which means the potential for a truly outstanding season is definitely there.

What do you think? Is 30 goals an accurate target?

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