It’s no secret that Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney’s relationship deteriorated towards the end of the manager’s time at Manchester United. Still, despite that, in an exclusive interview with ESPN, Ferguson backs Rooney to rediscover his form at United, after the striker has suffered plenty of criticism for his performances this season.

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. 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, Van Nistelrooy had it, 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.