World Cup 2010 - Fergie: Pressure hit Rooney
PA Sport - Tue, 06 Jul 10:50:00 2010
Ferguson was "not totally surprised" by England's failure - but believes Rooney will come back better and stronger for the experience and thinks he will impress at the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
He explained: "I think there was such expectation on him. There was talk he was going to be the player of the tournament.
"Don't forget, that was the prelude to the whole thing - he was going to be the star, he was going to outshine them all - (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo. So that level of expectation comes into it. He's not got great experience of [playing in] the World Cup really. You wait, in four years' time you'll see a different player."
The Scot admitted he was "baffled" by England's poor form in South Africa and added: "That is going to be one of the imponderables - what has really happened and why are they [England] not getting better form."