Ferguson expects more goals from Man Utd striker Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson has called on Wayne Rooney to re-discover his goal scoring form after the Manchester United striker managed only three goals in his first 14 games this season, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Ferguson conceded that the injury Rooney suffered early in the campaign – a severe cut to his thigh against Fulham that required surgery – has played a part in the indifferent form of the England international, while a bout of tonsillitis has also held back the ex-Everton forward.

The manager added that Rooney has had to adapt to a new way of playing since the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal in the summer, but Ferguson feels that when Rooney does find the net again, he will begin to do so with regularity.

Rooney has not scored since netting a penalty against Braga in the Champions League in early November, and has just two more club goals to his name, both coming against Stoke City in the Premier League in mid-October. The Telegraph adds that the only time Rooney made a less prolific start to a season was in 2010, when he spent time at a fitness camp in Poland and also put in a transfer request in an effort to leave Manchester United.

Ferguson said: “I think Wayne is the type of player who can’t miss games. With the frame he’s got and the type of person he is, he needs to play all the time.

I think he is going through a period that all strikers go through. He is not scoring, but it will change once he starts to score regularly and it will become better for him.

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