Ferguson hails Rooney impact

Image: Rooney celebrates against Hull

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the impact of striker Wayne Rooney.

United boss praises in-form forward

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the impact of striker Wayne Rooney. The England international was in top form on Sunday as he tore Hull City to pieces at the KC Stadium in the Premier League. Rooney found the back of the net for the 14th time this season in the 3-1 win and played key roles in the other two goals, as United bounced back from their defeat to Fulham. Ferguson believes Rooney had not been firing on all cylinders before the Tigers clash but thinks he can now go from strength to strength and help United regain top spot in the league table. "Wayne was fantastic on Sunday. That was the Wayne Rooney we know," said Ferguson.

Threat

"He had a quiet spell for two or three matches but he was explosive at Hull. He was a constant threat. "That is the kind of form we are hoping for because when he is playing like that, he is hard to handle. "Wayne can step forward and be the main man but there are a few who have to step forward in that respect. "We are coming to the time now. The challenge is there. The league is so tight and teams are taking points off each other that you don't expect. "It means a consistent run from someone will give them a great chance. "Our experience of run-ins is good. We know we can handle that part. "The important thing is to beat Wigan tomorrow which would put us into the position I hoped we could get to, a couple of points off the leaders coming into the new year."

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