Will Wayne Rooney become Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer?

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Despite all his plans to leave Manchester United over the summer, Wayne Rooney is still a Red Devil.

And following his two goals against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in their Champions League win, Rooney became just the fourth player in United’s history to score 200 goals in the iconic red jersey.

Another day, another milestone for the Red Devils forward.

But as 27-year-old Rooney refused to comment on his ‘happiness’ with United after the 4-2 victory over Leverkusen, many are wondering whether he’ll stick around to try and beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for the Old Trafford club. England’s all-time scorer Charlton also holds that record for United, with 249 goals in 758 games, and Rooney is edging closer to both of Charlton’s records for club and country.

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The Liverpudlian has tried to leave United on two much-publicized occasions, but he still remains in Manchester and is edging even closer to Charlton’s record. It would take a monumental effort to reach the target this season, but it’s not inconceivable that Rooney will reach the milestone by the end of the 2014-15 campaign… if he’s still at United.

Below is a list of the top ten goalscorers in United’s long and illustrious history, as you can see Rooney is now ranked fourth all-time. But does he really care about breaking Sir Bobby’s record? Or just making as much money as he can from the game?

A move to Chelsea, Manchester City or the big clubs abroad in the next few seasons would prove the latter is indeed true. However, with such a legendary milestone within reach, I believe Rooney should stick it out with United to try and become the greatest player, stats-wise, the club has ever seen.

Yet Rooney will be seen by many as a ‘wantaway legend’ and regardless of how many goals he’s scored, United fans will do well to bury the reminders that the fourth highest scorer in club history has wanted to leave it all behind on several occasions.

If Rooney does break the record, I can imagine the feeling for most United fans will be celebration tinged with sadness.

Top 10 Manchester United goalscorers all-time

1. Sir Bobby Charlton: 249 goals, 758 appearances (1956 – 1973)
2.  Denis Law: 237, 404 (1962 – 1973)
3.  Jack Rowley: 211, 424 (1937 – 1955)
4. Wayne Rooney: 200, 406 (2004 – present)
5. George Best: 179, 470 (1963 – 1974)
5. Dennis Viollet: 179, 293 (1953 – 1962)
7. Ryan Giggs: 168, 945 (1991 – present)
7. Joe Spence: 168, 510 (1919 – 1933)
9. Mark Hughes: 163, 467 (1983 – 1995)
10. Paul Scholes: 155, 718 (1994 – 2013)

Pep sticking with Bravo for final: “Locker room more important”

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Petr Cech and Ederson will watch from the bench as their clubs start the League Cup Final on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola announced that Manchester City will turn to Claudio Bravo between the sticks against Arsenal, which has already appointed David Ospina as its backstop for the final.

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And if you think Pep, having seen his side lose to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, should go back to Ederson for the final, he gets it.

“You can have an opinion, I am the manager. We are here for Claudio. He saved two lots of penalties. He deserves to play in the final. The locker room is more important than the final.”

The points aren’t completely independent, of course, but at this point the final is pretty darn important as Man City could see its trophy potential drop from 4-2 in little more than a week’s time.

Bravo has played just 45 minutes in the Premier League, against Liverpool in relief of Ederson, but has been the man for each of eight League and FA Cup matches.

City has just one clean sheet in that group, but won the seven matches apart from the 1-0 Wigan defeat. Two of those, against Wolves and Leicester, came in penalty kicks.

Arsenal gets AC Milan in Europa League Round of 16

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Arsenal’s path to the UEFA Champions League just got a whole lot tougher.

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Already eight points back of the Premier League’s Top Four, the Gunners have drawn Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16.

The first leg is March 8 at the San Siro before moving to the Emirates a week later.

Milan is currently 7th in Serie A despite its big-spending summer, and faces a similar problem to the Gunners; Gattuso’s men need to make up eight points on Lazio and seven on fifth-place Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Moscovian sides CSKA and Lokomotiv got no favors with trips to Lyon and Atletico Madrid, respectively.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will be pleased to see Red Bull Salzburg, while the latter’s sister club, RB Leipzig, was held apart from it by a draw with Zenit Saint-Petersbug.

Here’s the draw in full.

UEFA Europa League Round of 16
Lazio vs. Dynamo Kiev
RB Leipzig vs. Zenit St Petersburg
Atletico Madrid vs. Lokomotiv Moscow
CSKA Moscow vs. Lyon
Marseille vs. Athletic Bilbao
Sporting Lisbon vs. Viktoria Plzen
Borussia Dortmund vs. Red Bull Salzburg
AC Milan vs. Arsenal

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.