England goalscoring legend Alan Shearer believes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is one of Europe's best players.

Rooney has suffered from a run of poor form and a nasty injury so far this season, but turned in his best performance of the campaign in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

And Shearer thinks Rooney is finally fully fit and firing on all cylinders.

In his column for The Sun, Shearer said: "When he is in this mood, he still ranks for me among the best in Europe. His touch, passing and energy made Manchester United tick."

Rooney and Robin Van Persie both started for Manchester United at the Sports Direct Arena, but the Old Trafford side's first two goals came from defenders - Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra with the goals, before Tom Cleverley wrapped up the win.

After a disappointing Euro 2012, Rooney started the season in sluggish form, and was dropped in favour of Van Persie early on.

But after recovering from a horrible gashed leg, Rooney has returned to the Manchester United starting 11 and looks back to his old self.

Playing in a slightly more withdrawn role behind Van Persie, Rooney was excellent, and Shearer thinks he's still one of the game's best. Rooney enjoyed one of his best-ever seasons in a Manchester United shirt last year, and Shearer thinks the addition of Shinji Kagawa and Van Persie has spurred the England international on to up his game and keep his place in the team.

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