Rooney is set to partner United team-mate Danny Welbeck in attack against Ukraine tonight. In 22 games together the pair have scored 33 goals.
Ferdinand told The Sun: "They remind me of when Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were together at United. They were both goal-scorers but they could also play each other in and were happy to come short to get the ball as well.
"They could also go through the middle or down the channels. When you are a centre-back like me and you are looking at the ball forward it's great to know you have so many options because they have such great movement.
"Both Wayne and Danny are also explosive players who can do something out of nothing and we saw that with Danny's winning goal against Sweden. Danny scores worldy goals in training all the time, he doesn't seem to do tap-ins.
"I've seen him do exactly the same thing he did against the Swedes when we are training. Trust me that one was no fluke, he knew exactly what he was doing."