Wayne Rooney not enjoying himself as United striker closes on Best record

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22:16 GMT, 21 April 2012

Wayne Rooney is not happy with his current form despite
scoring 31 goals this season to
close in on George Best's goal
tally for Manchester United.

Rooney will equal Best's 179
United goals if he scores against
his former club Everton at Old
Trafford on Sunday.

In training: Wayne Rooney

Ready for action: United striker Wayne Rooney in training

But the United striker has spent the week berating himself for what he regards as a below-par display against Aston Villa last weekend, even though he scored twice in a 4-0 victory.

'I've always said I don't play football just to score goals, I want to play well and enjoy it,' said Rooney.

'I watched the Villa game back and obviously saw it wasn't my best performance. I always watch games back and I'm quite critical of myself. I think that keeps me going.'

Rooney, whose display against Villa was described as 'careless' by Sir Alex Ferguson is nonetheless United's talisman as they enter the final four games of the season five points ahead of Manchester City at the top.

The England striker loves what
Ferguson once famously
described as 'squeaky-bum time'.

Out to prove he's the Best: Wayne Rooney can over take George Best in the all time Manchester United scoring rankings

Out to prove he's the Best: Wayne Rooney can over take George Best in the all time Manchester United scoring rankings

'The excitement surrounding these games at the end of the season is brilliant. You can be drawing matches and you can hear the expectation of the fans,' said Rooney. 'As a footballer, it's brilliant to be part of these games and fighting for the title.'

Ferguson is likely to turn again to 37-year-old 'lucky charm' Paul Scholes to supply the ammunition for Rooney at Old Trafford.

Scholes has not lost a Premier League game for 13 months, a run of 16 matches with a sixmonth retirement sandwiched in between.

Ferguson would love to have him around next season but is keen not to put any pressure on the midfielder.

'I'm not going to ask him until the end of the season. I don't want to put anything in his mind at all,' said the United boss.

'He's relished playing again this season. He's taken that opportunity and he's been marvellous.

'He's 38 in November. He brings a calmness to the game and he dictates the tempo of matches for us. He's been doing that since he came back. I must admit that was a break for us.'