Football: Charlton expects Rooney to stay at United

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 file photo, England's Wayne Rooney stands during the British national anthem before the start of an international friendly football match against Brazil at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Manchester United
In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 file photo, England's Wayne Rooney stands during the British national anthem before the start of an international friendly football match against Brazil at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton expects striker Wayne Rooney to stay at the club and hopes he will go on to beat his goal-scoring record. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton expects striker Wayne Rooney to stay at the club and hopes he will go on to beat his goal-scoring record.

Rooney's future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since the end of last season when now-retired manager Alex Ferguson said the England forward had asked for a transfer.

Rooney denies that but is said to be "angry and confused" and has been the subject of a big-money bid from Chelsea. United say they do not want to sell the 27-year-old.

Charlton, now a United director, told Sky Sports in Hong Kong, where the club are on tour: "Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player.

"I don't like losing really, really good players and he is a really great player.

"I was hoping one day that he might score as many goals as I had and that would have been really nice if it was at our club - and I'm still thinking that way."

Injury has kept Rooney out of United's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, but United manager David Moyes on Sunday said the forward was on track to return for a friendly in Sweden on Aug 6.

Rooney's tally of 197 goals is 52 short of Charlton's club record.