David Moyes attended his first press conference as Manchester United manager yesterday and he made it quite clear that Wayne Rooney is not going to leave this summer.
There had been a lot of speculations in the last couple of months that Rooney is unhappy with the way he was treated by Sir Alex Ferguson in the last season and he wants to make a move. But, those speculations have been denied by Moyes.
When asked if Wayne Rooney is going to be sold this summer, Moyes said, “No, we haven’t put him on sale. He is not going anywhere.”
“I am very impressed with the way Wayne has been training since the last few days. He is getting into great shape.”
“I have talked to him a couple of times recently and I have told him to forget whatever happened in the past and just focus on the upcoming season.”
“Wayne is one of the best in the business and if he hits top form, that will be good not only for Manchester United, but, for England as well.”
When asked when he came to know that he was going to be the next Red Devils manager, Moyes said, “Sir Alex rang me up one day and asked me to meet him at his place. I went there and he told me that he was quitting management. I couldn’t believe that and suddenly, he shocked me even more by saying that I was going to be his successor at Manchester United. That was an amazing moment for me. I didn’t know how to react.”
When asked if Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence during the matches will pressurize him, Moyes said, “No, not at all. I want him to be present during all our matches. That will make me happy. He is such a legend. I have already gone to him a couple of times for advice.”