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Sep 19, 2013

Alex Ferguson praises Wayne Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson has offered his first public comments on the David Moyes era at Manchester United, and moved to bring an end to his apparent fall-out with Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney: Back in contention
Alex Ferguson has seemingly moved on from his row with Wayne Rooney

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A Ferguson-Rooney rift formed at the back end of last season, with the outgoing United boss claiming his striker had asked to leave the club as he tried to force through a move to Chelsea.

Yet Rooney remained at Old Trafford, despite a summer of speculation over his future, and now Ferguson seems to be eager to end his battle with the forward after he spoke to MUTV.

"He's got his energy back, his determination and his purpose to attack players," said Ferguson, who praised his two-goal display against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

"It was all very encouraging for me and, being a director, I'm delighted to see that. He's back to the way we always remember him.

“We will have a fantastic chance because in Van Persie and Rooney, you have forwards who can win you games.”

Ferguson went on to explain how he feels watching United in his new role, after he opted to stand down as manager after a 26-year reign last summer.

While he delighted in the wins against Swansea, Crystal Palace as Bayer Leverkusen, he admits the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield was tough viewing.

"I spoke to David Moyes after the Liverpool game," he revealed. "We'd gone there over the years, 20-odd times over the years, and we've played worse than that and won, you know.

"I can't believe the criticism United are getting. I thought that David was right, I thought they did play well. Yes, they could have done with a goal, but in the context of my experience of going to Liverpool over there, they hardly got in our box.

"So I was a bit frustrated with that game, because I thought they deserved better, I thought they deserved more, but they won well against Crystal Palace."

Ferguson went on to talk about his retirement plans, as he recovers from the hip surgery he underwent during the summer.

"There's some things you miss. The banter in the dressing-room and the humour on the training pitch, and all the relationships I've built over a long period and some things you don't," he added.

"I'm relaxed about retiring. I left at the right time. It was a great, great period of my life, being at United.

"It's been seven weeks since my hip operation and I'm walking, I'm back driving again.

"The one thing I've got to be careful about, obviously, is doing exercise, so the gym is out of the question at the moment and golf's out of the question."

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