Fergie: Rooney record will last forever

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Wayne Rooney's recent goal-scoring record will never be broken.

Rooney, who joined United for £25.6 million as an 18-year-old in 2004, broke Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing record with his 250th strike for the club in the 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Saturday.

The stunning free-kick against the Potters in the dying moments of the game saw the 31-year-old enter United folk-lore as he achieved the feat 215 matches and four seasons quicker than Sir Bobby.

Ferguson admits that the record may stand forever, despite current manager Jose Mourinho claiming teenage forward Marcus Rashford has the potential to come close.

The former Red Devils boss feels the level of consistency and club to player loyalty needed to achieve the incredible feat in the modern football era, will make it nearly impossible.

"I don't think so," he told MUTV. "I couldn't say never – never say never – but if you look at modern-day football, Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can keep players for over 10 years.

"It is more difficult than ever but we were very lucky – if you look at my time, even in [former manager] Sir Matt Busby's time, we had players who stayed for more than 10 years. Many, many players did that and Wayne is one of them.

"But, in the modern day, you see it happening less and less that players stay for that length of time.

"For instance, [current manager] Jose [Mourinho] mentioned young Marcus Rashford and he's got to score more than 20 goals a season for the next 10 years or so and that is difficult in itself," he added.

"You hope it lasts and he stays here more than 10 years but there are fewer players doing that now."