Birtles believes it is Rooneyâ€™s ability to score a variety of goals â€“ just like Sir Bobby Charlton â€“ that has put him in sight of the 1966 World Cup winning legend.
â€śWith his age and ability, he is the one player who can break the record,â€ť he told the Manchester Evening News. â€śMichael Owen should have broken it, but that wasnâ€™t his fault â€“ that was the previous managerâ€™s.
â€śAlan Shearer was a striker who thrived on service in and around the box â€“ but Wayne Rooney has got every goal in the book.
â€śHeâ€™s got everything from the extravagant to the tap-in. Maybe the others didnâ€™t have that, which is why Bobby Charltonâ€™s record has stood for so long.
â€śHe was the same. He scored from long range, free kicks, headers. He had every goal going as well.â€ť