Sir Alex Ferguson pleased with Wayne Rooney's return to form

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes striker Wayne Rooney has rediscovered his best form.

After the win over Swansea in May - his final home game - Ferguson said United had rejected Rooney's transfer request and Chelsea subsequently had two bids for the forward turned down.

But Ferguson, now a United director, is pleased with Rooney's recent displays.

"Wayne was fantastic [against Bayer Leverkusen]. I'm pleased to see that," he told MUTV.

"He's got his energy back, the determination, his purpose to attack. As a director, I'm delighted to see him back to what we always remember him."

Man Utd's 200 club

Bobby Charlton
  • Sir Bobby Charlton 249 goals
  • Denis Law 237
  • Jack Rowley 211
  • Wayne Rooney 200

Rooney made it clear that he wanted to leave Old Trafford in May and was "angry and confused" over his situation at United in July.

But new manager David Moyes managed to keep the England international, 27, despite Chelsea's interest.

The striker returned from a gashed head to score a free-kick in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and added two more in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen to become just the fourth player to score 200 goals for the club.

Ferguson added: "With [Robin] Van Persie and Rooney, there are forwards that can win games and [Antonio] Valencia's back to his best."