Ferguson sets Rooney 40-goal target to spur Man U to title win

London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes if striker Wayne Rooney scores 40 goals this season, the club would comfortably win their 20th league title.

Rooney, who is in sweltering form, scored a brace against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to take his tally to 26 this season with 10 games still left to play in the league.

Ferguson will be a happy man if Rooney reaches the target.

“If Wayne gets to 40 goals, I will be absolutely delighted, because we will be in business then,” The Mirror quoted Ferguson, as saying.

“Wayne is on a hot streak. I thought his first goal might have been offside, because he was so clear, but when you see his timing of the run, it was fantastic,” he said.

Ferguson said Manchester City losing was a bonus for them, and also credited his players for turning the title tide in their favor despite of having so many injury concerns.

“The City defeat was a bonus I didn`t expect but I am happy to be top because only a few weeks ago we were seven points behind them,” Fergie said.

“That is credit to the players and the resilience of the squad because as everyone knows, we have had a lot of injuries,” he added.