David Moyes, the new Manchester United manager, while facing the media at his first press conference since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the England international and Manchester United player is to remain a United player according to a Skysports report.
It may be recalled that towards the end of last season, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had requested a transfer for the second time in three years.
Manchester United, however, have consistently said they will not sell, and Moyes could not have
been clearer as he fielded questions on Rooney in Old Trafford’s Europa Suite.
“Wayne Rooney is not for sale. He is a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player” The new manager emphasized.
“I’ve had several meetings with Wayne” he went on to say, “he’s training brilliantly well, he’s come back in good shape and I really look forward to working with him.”
David Moyes could not directly confirm during the press conference if Wayne Rooney himself has made a commitment to remain at Old Trafford instead, he said: “We’ve spoken several times and I’m saying: ‘whatever happened before is gone Wayne, we’re working together now.”
Moyes went on to say this about the star player: “And I see a glint in his eye now. He looks happy, as if he is saying ‘I’m going to knuckle down and get myself right’. I can only say I’ve been impressed with how he’s done.”
Later on during the press conference, he again parried the question when asked if Rooney had “categorically” committed himself to staying, Moyes said: “I can tell you categorically Wayne Rooney is training fantastically well.”
Rooney’s position at United reportedly became uncomfortable last season from being asked to play out of position following Robin van Persie’s arrival.
But Moyes left no one in doubt he wants the 27-year-old – currently fourth in United’s all-time list of goalscorers – back among the goals, challenging him to score the 53 which would see him surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249.
He said: “We’re looking to see how we can get Wayne Rooney the goals to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.