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Former Manchester United boss Ferguson has smoothed the way for a new deal for Rooney after praising the forward for his Champions League display this week, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.
Ferguson prompted a summer of transfer speculation over the striker after claiming Rooney had asked to leave the club at the end of last season, says Ogden.
However, United and manager David Moyes saw off attempts by Chelsea to prise the 27-year-old away from Old Trafford and are now hoping the player will sign a new contract at United.
The central obstacle to the new deal is Rooney's anger with Ferguson over his claim that he asked to leave United, Ogden claims.
However, Ferguson, who is now a United director, has offered an olive branch to Rooney after praising his performance in Tuesday's game.
Wayne’s performance [against Leverkusen] was fantastic. I was pleased to see that, he’s got his energy back and his determination to attack players.
It was all very encouraging for me. Being a director I am delighted to see that. He’s back to what we always remember him as.
We will have a fantastic chance [of success] because in Van Persie and Rooney, you have forwards who can win you games.
In United transfer news, Moyes will make a £25 million move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw when the window reopens in January, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.
United have turned to Shaw after missing out on Everton defender Leighton Baines, while Goodison Park coach Alan Stubbs has admitted the player did want to move to Old Trafford, reports The Sun.