Sir Alex Ferguson has discussed Wayne Rooney for the first time since he stepped down as Manchester United manager and has heaped praise on him for getting back to his old form.
The 27-year-old started off the season in fantastic form with two assists against Swansea before scoring in consecutive games this week.
Ferguson’s relationship with Rooney soured ever since the contract negotiations of 2010 where the Scot had to bend to player power in order to keep Rooney at the club but in an exclusive interview with MUTV, Ferguson admitted he was happy to see Rooney playing well again.
“I thought Wayne was fantastic [on Tuesday],” he said.
“He’s got his energy back, his determination, his purpose to attack.
“Being a director, I’m delighted to see that. He’s back to what we always remember.”
Ferguson’s statement that Rooney had handed in a transfer request was what got the wheels in motion this summer. Whether that really happened remains to be seen, although answers are hoped for in his soon to be released autobiography, but the fact that he has come out and publicly praised Rooney is an indication of just how well he has played.
Rooney has turned a corner. Whether that is because he knows he won’t be leaving Old Trafford just yet or because he is enjoying playing under David Moyes is irrelevant. What matters is that Rooney has found his spark again and United are reaping the rewards.