Fergie: Rooney the player we wanted



Sir Alex Ferguson says that Wayne Rooney is now the player he always hoped for after the Merseysider’s £30 million move from Everton. Rooney has 27 goals in all competitions this season, with eight headed strikes a new record for the England international. The forward has 124 goals in 244 starts for Manchester United.

“Wayne has turned into the player we all hoped he would,” Ferguson said.

“He’s improving in front of our eyes, scoring the kind of goals he has never scored before. Goals inside the box, reacting to things, headers, getting the right angles. He never used to score that many goals with his head, but he has added anticipation to his game.

“If you look at all the headed goals he’s scored in the last few weeks he’s been free every time, and that tells you something.”

Rumours persist that Rooney will begin today’s Carling Cup final at Wembley on the bench, with Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov starting the game.

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