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Fergie Tries to Mend Fences with Rooney

  • Guardian, Friday, September 20, 2013 4:20 PM
Sir Alex Ferguson took a big step towards trying to repair his relationship with Wayne Rooney by lavishing praise on the Manchester United striker in a recent television interview. Rooney spent much of the summer being linked with a move to Chelsea after falling out with Ferguson towards the end of last season. The England international was upset at being dropped by the former United coach for several key matches last season and for suggesting that the player had handed in a transfer request, which turned out to not be true.

In an interview with MUTV, the now-retired Ferguson commented on Rooney’s contribution in United’s 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. "Wayne's performance was fantastic, I was pleased to see that. He's got his energy back – the determination, his purpose to attack players, was all very encouraging to me. Being a director, I'm delighted to see that; he's back to what we always remember."

He added: "We will have a fantastic chance [of success] because in [Robin] Van Persie and Rooney, you have forwards who can win you games."

Nevertheless, following Tuesday’s win, Rooney, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, declined to say that he was happy to stay at United, despite his apparent return to form.

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