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Ferguson impressed by Rooney

Alex Ferguson says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is back to his best.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - In the build-up to this weekend's Manchester derby, former manger Sir Alex Ferguson says he has been impressed by the performances of striker Wayne Rooney.

The forward was largely tipped to leave the club during the transfer window following a fall out with Ferguson.

But with David Moyes taking charge, the player now appears to have settled at the club.

Speaking on MUTV, Ferguson who now acts as director of football, says he has been impressed with Rooney's attitude and feels that he is slowly getting back to his best.

"Wayne's performance has been fantastic. I was pleased to see that. It's all very encouraging for me and being a director, I'm delighted to see that he's back to how we remember him."

Ferguson also believes that United can do well under Moyes' leadership, especially if key players are fit and healthy.

"If Vidic stays fit we have a fantastic chance. You've got [Robin] van Persie, Rooney and the forwards who can win games. Antonio Valencia was back to his best. Michael Carrick's form has continued from last year and [David] de Gea is maturing."

The Manchester derby kicks off 17:00 on Sunday.