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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned the Premier League to beware: he expects mercurial forward Wayne Rooney to return to red-hot sizzling goalscoring form in time for the crucial season run-in.
United currently top the league but have relied far more on goals from Cristiano Ronaldo than from star striker Rooney.
The England international has struck just 13 times this season, compared to Ronaldo's 33, and hasn't found the net since his superb brace against Newcastle United at St James Park a month ago.
Indeed at Old Trafford Rooney hasn't found the net in a league game since October 27th's 4-1 demolition of Middlesbrough.
Nonetheless, Ferguson has seen Rooney every day in training and reckons it's only a matter of time before the striker explodes into red-hot sizzling goalscoring form. Rooney, says Fergie, could well reach peak form at exactly the right time and ensure United retain their Premiership crown.
Still Time To Shine
"The season is not finished yet," said the Old Trafford boss. "Wayne showed his real form towards the end of last season and scored some important goals for us. So he’s well capable of getting more than 20 goals.
"All strikers, particularly younger ones, start to wonder where their next goal is coming from when they are not scoring. And when they are, they don’t think it’s ever going to end. Wayne’s no different. All a striker needs is that confidence factor to score. I’m sure Wayne will get that and score plenty more goals this season."
The England teenage sensation has amassed 25 goals & 16 assists in all competitions when United cruise to the Premiership title last season.