Sir Alex Ferguson runs rule over Man United captain Wayne Rooney
Sir Alex Ferguson backs Man United captain Wayne Rooney to go on a goal-scoring run in the near future
Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will rediscover his goal-scoring form.
The England skipper has scored one goal in eight Premier League games so far this season despite being played in his orthodox centre-forward role.
I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen. [Rooney will] go on a run, don’t worry about that
Sir Alex Ferguson
Rooney became England’s all-time record goal-scorer earlier this month after he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49 goals for the Three Lions.
And Ferguson, who signed Rooney in a £29m deal from Everton in 2004, imparted some advice from his father which helped the United legend get end his own dry spells.
“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,” Ferguson told ESPN FC.
“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. I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen. [Rooney will] go on a run, don’t worry about that.”
Ferguson added: “Wayne was a typical English player, determined when he came to United, so it’s not a surprise that he is the captain.
“Plus, there’s the longevity he’s been there, over 10 years, so that all works into the way United work. If my captains were injured, it was always the case that the most senior players became captain.”
Rooney was powerless to prevent United suffering a 3-0 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in his most-recent Premier League game.
The 29-year-old has scored four times in 12 games in all competitions this term.
The United skipper will be hoping to feature when the Red Devils return to Premier League action with a trip to his former club Everton on Saturday afternoon.