Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backs Wayne Rooney to return to form

by Sam Koster

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to return to his goalscoring ways before too long.

Despite becoming England’s record goalscorer last month, the 29-year-old has struggled domestically this term having only netted once in the Premier League.

The displays have led large sections of the Old Trafford faithful to criticise Rooney’s performances, with some labelling him past his best.

Ferguson however, believes it is just a matter of time before Rooney rediscovers his form.

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“I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen,” said Ferguson.

“He [Rooney] will go on a run, don’t worry about that. All the strikers I had, everyone relied on their confidence.

“When they were scoring they think they can never stop, when they’re not scoring they think they’re never going get a goal, it’s a fact.

“When I was a striker I was the same; my dad used to say make sure you hit the ball, don’t try and pass it in the net. Eric Cantona had it, Ruud van Nistelrooy had it, Andy Cole had it and then the rich stream comes along again and they’re back to normal.”

As Manchester United’s most successful ever manager, Fergie can speak with some authority when it comes to success, and if he believes Rooney will get back to his best, then who are we to argue?

However, United fans will hope that the England captain’s form is rediscovered as quickly as possible as his talents could be crucial in any potential title race this year, something large sections of fans are growing increasingly impatient for.

Although Fergie’s comments may very well turn out to be true, it is hard to see Wayne ever returning to his best. Almost 30, the Croxteth-born forward is not getting any younger and if his performances do not pick up before the end of the season, Louis van Gaal may have some difficult decisions to make next summer.

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