Sunday, August 11, 2013

Moyes denies Rooney fallout and insists striker is 'not for sale'

The Manchester United manager says Rooney asked to train with the reserves rather than being banished and that he will not be sold despite Chelsea's rampant interest.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has again insisted that Wayne Rooney will not be sold this summer and denies having a falling out with the striker.

Chelsea has had two bids rejected for Rooney, the latest worth around 30 million pounds, with the player desperate to complete a summer transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Rooney is set to feature for England in its international friendly against Scotland on Wednesday, having trained with United's reserves last week as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and Moyes is adamant that his position regarding the player is unchanged.

"He's not for sale," Moyes told reporters at Wembley Stadium following United's 2-0 victory over Wigan in the Community Shield. "I'm not changing so there's no more to answer to your question.

"Some of you might not like hearing this because you've written untruths. I didn't fall out with Wayne. He trained with the reserves at his asking."

Moyes also moved to clarify his suggestion before the Community Shield that Rooney would be fit to play for England but not United’s Premier League opener against Swansea City on Saturday.

"I want him to join up with England," Moyes said. "He's not ready, you'll probably see that in the game. He's had no football, no match action. So you probably wouldn't expect someone in that condition to play for a long period.

"I've spoken to Roy Hodgson for two hours on different occasions. It will be great for Manchester United if he gets some playing time."

Moyes was also quick to give the credit for United's trophy-winning day to predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I class that as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex," Moyes said. "It was his team that won the Premier League last year. A big thank you to him, it's for him today. The next ones will be down to me."