Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney for this season's form.

Rooney has put his summer troubles behind him to become United's talisman once again and Ferdinand reckons the England star is hitting his peak.

He said: "I just think with Wazza, if he is playing continually week in and week out, with no blips or injuries, then you get a fit, striving, thriving Rooney. That has been the case this season.

"As long as he is fit in terms of playing week in, week out, then you have a real talent. He has been our best player this season. He is scoring goals, he is making goals and he has the bit between his teeth.

"He seems like the old Wayne Rooney, he is happy and he is enjoying his football. You can see his tail is up and he is enjoying it.

"We have two unbelievable match-winners in him and Robin van Persie. 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."

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