Having enjoyed a phenomenal season two years ago - scoring 34 goals before injury in April - Rooney faltered last time round. Last night, though, Ferguson was happy to go along with the theory that Old Trafford' s favourite Scouser may be about to enjoy his best season yet.
"I'm sure it's a target for him," he said. "He doesn't go out at the start of the season thinking that way but as the season progresses that could change.
"If that's the target this season and he gets to that, then I'll be delighted because with Chicharito's (Javier Hernandez) ability to score, we could have two goalscorers above 25."