The 31-year-old cemented himself as the club’s all-time top goalscorer – eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton’s 44-year long record of 249 goals – with a sweetly timed free-kick during a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
And Ferguson, speaking to MUTV insisted that nobody would ever break Rooney’s record at Old Trafford.
“So his achievement is outstanding. It’s amazing. He’s 200-odd games short of Bobby’s playing record and that makes it even more amazing.
“I don’t think [anyone can overtake Wayne]. I couldn’t say never – never say never – but if you look at modern-day football, Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can keep players for over 10 years.
“It is more difficult than ever but we were very lucky if you look at my time, even in Sir Matt Busby’s time, we had players who stayed for more than 10 years. Many, many players did that and Wayne is one of them.
“But, in the modern day, you see it happening less and less that players stay for that length of time.
“For instance, Jose [Mourinho] mentioned young Marcus Rashford and he’s got to score more than 20 goals a season for the next 10 years or so and that is difficult in itself. You hope it lasts and he stays here more than 10 years but there are fewer players doing that now.”
Rooney’s longevity at Man United has become essentially unrivalled in world football. The idea of players spending over a decade at a particular club is indeed a thing of the past. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini, Javier Zanetti, Carlos Puyol, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher all serve as examples of players from a previous generation, now retired, that did indeed feature for one club on a long-term basis.
But such a breed is quickly dying out, with Rooney, Roma’s Francesco Totti and Chelsea’s John Terry flying the flag for players that spent their career at the same club after joining as a teenager. Such a practice, especially with the transfer market gaining extra face, will soon completely die out, leaving the Englishman’s record totally untroubled.