Ferdinand: Rooney has been Manchester United's best player this season

The veteran center back is delighted that the England forward looks like his old self again, while acknowledging that he will consider his own future at the end of the season.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Wayne Rooney has been the club's best player this season.

The England forward has scored seven goals in 15 games for the Red Devils in 2013-14 and the center back thinks that he is starting to really shine thanks to regular minutes.

"I just think with Wazza, if he's playing continually - week in, week out - with no injuries then you get a fit, striving, thriving Rooney," Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror.


"He's been our best player this season. He's scoring goals, he's making goals and he has the bit between his teeth at the minute. He seems like the old Wayne Rooney. He's happy and he's enjoying his football. You can see his tail's up.

"We have two unbelievable match-winners in him and Robin [van Persie]. We're lucky to have them. When you have two like that who can win you a game by themselves, you just need the other people to play their part and you can be successful."

Ferdinand is not sure, however, whether he will be able to play on past this season, as he becomes increasingly frustrated by the limitations of his aging body.

"The manager just didn't play me [against Arsenal]. I played midweek and then not at the weekend," the 35-year-old said. "It's frustrating but my age doesn't lie.

"I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't play every game. It's hard to do because you want to play every game every week but you've got to be professional. At a club like United, when you get to 35, you have to share responsibilities.

"If you want to be successful in a number of competitions you can't just play the same team week in, week out. Now it's common for players to come in and out of the team and it seems seamless for the individual.

"I don't know [if I'll retire]. I've got to get through this season first. I hope I finish this one. Last season I said the same thing. I won't look any further than the end of the season and then re-evaluate it around that time."