Fergie: Rooney can still improve


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney will mature into "the complete footballer" in the coming years.

Rooney followed up a career-best 34-goal last season for the Red Devils with a disappointing World Cup campaign for England.

The 24-year-old failed to find the net in South Africa as the Three Lions bowed out at the last 16 stage.

But despite his international disappointment, Ferguson fully expects to see a greater return from an improving Rooney when the new Premier League seasons kicks off next month.

Speaking from the club's US tour, he said:"He had an improvement in terms of his timing and movement in the penalty box. His positioning also improved from the previous season.

"He got us over 30 goals and if he does that again and adds a little bit to his game then that is what we expect.

"The boy has got an incredible armoury of talent and what we have to do is to wait for that maturity.

"We also do nurture it and try to advise and coach in a fashion which will improve his game.

"But the most important thing I think he needs now is maturity and, when he gets that, I think you will see the complete footballer."

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