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Sir Alex Ferguson backs Wayne Rooney to end goalscoring woes

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Wayne Rooney is going through a pretty rough spell in front of goal at the minute. 

Despite having five goals to his name in all competitions this season, the Manchester United captain has just one in the Premier League and looks to be a shadow of his former self.

Having been expected to lead the line for the Red Devils this season, the England international has already been pushed back to accommodate Anthony Martial and his position in the starting XI is becoming increasingly insecure. 

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However, Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who signed Rooney from Everton in 2004, believes it is only a matter of time before he starts to find the net again. 

As per ESPN, the Scot said: “All the strikers I had, everyone relied on their confidence. When they were scoring they think they can never stop, when they’re not scoring they think they’re never going get a goal, it’s a fact.

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“When I was a striker I was the same; my dad used to say make sure you hit the ball, don’t try and pass it in the net.

"Eric Cantona had it, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy had it, [Andy] Cole had it and then the rich stream comes along again and they’re back to normal. I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen. [Rooney will] go on a run, don’t worry about that.”

DROPPED

Rooney has suffered goal droughts in his career, but this is more than that. It is not just his goals that are under scrutiny, it is his overall performance that is causing concern.

His touch is off, his movement is poor, he has lost a yard of pace and he doesn't even appear to have the strength that made him such a feared forward under Ferguson.

The former Everton man has always been a player that needs game time to find his form, but how long can Manchester United continue to play him when he is not providing anything for the team?

There are a whole host of players at Old Trafford who can replace Rooney and maybe a spell on the sidelines would do him good. 

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