The truth behind David Moyes’ comments on Wayne Rooney

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney‘s name is all over the news and will be all summer following his representatives “angry and confused” statement was released to the press yesterday.

The 27-year-old’s potential departure from Old Trafford was always likely to be the biggest transfer story this summer but it has already kicked into full swing after only a couple of days.

The media furore started last week after David Moyes’ reportedly claimed that Manchester United would need Rooney as cover for Robin van Persie which would have irked Rooney back in England.

“Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him,” Sky Sports reported Moyes as saying.

“Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It’s going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne.

“Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team – the club.

“I won’t allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that’s the heart of it.”

Certainly, if Moyes had simply said that then Rooney had a right to be angry and confused given that Moyes stood firmly behind him in his first press conference as United manager.

But according to James Northcroft, a Sunday Times’ football correspondent who was at the Moyes press conference in Bangkok where the quotes were taken from, gives a very different account of what Moyes actually said.

What this suggests to me is that Rooney’s camp, including the ever-so-popular Paul Stretford, has used this situation to their advantage to try and kick up a public storm.

Moyes didn’t say that Rooney would play “second fiddle” to Van Persie at any point. He indicated that he would like to use both of them and merely stated that if Van Persie was to get injured, United would be reliant on Rooney.

But Rooney’s representation have got what they wanted. Rooney is all over the news, he is trending worldwide and everybody is talking about his future. Chelsea have now made a bid for him and the tombola is well and truly turning.

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10 comments

william okinyi 07/18/2013 - 04:35

If Roo wants to leave,well n good….sell him to PSG or Real Madrid but not to these ambitious good for nothing clubs

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Ian Feetham 07/18/2013 - 04:27

If Pinhead had any brains he would get rid of that Wanker Paul Stretford.

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defender of the faith 07/18/2013 - 00:30

washing in public, sacked, Moyes wants Rooney’s written transfer, Moyes expresses himself clumsily. didnt any of these ghouls read a word of the article? very creepy replies. it just goes to show how scary some people are.

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steve 07/17/2013 - 23:26

A̶̲̥̅̊ṁ̭̥̈̅̄ realy enjoyin this drama as a chelsea fan I wish it continues, if man u̶̲̥̅̊ make the mistake of selling rooney τ̲̅ȍ chelsea then its chelsea epl title τ̲̅ȍ lose

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Michael 07/17/2013 - 22:24

This is silly. We have enough of these stupid stories!!! Man Utd only need 2 b aggressive and buy serious midfielders instead of concentrating on this Rooney saga. Moyes will hav himself sacked if he continues to wash dirty linen in public. THIS IS MAN UTD 4 crying out loud!!!!

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ChrisW 07/17/2013 - 22:17

Perhaps Moyes just expressed himself clumsily and Rooney (not his agent) read it on the Internet and had a tantrum. Them Moyes phoned Rooney and sorted it all out.

There is still absolutely no evidence that Rooney wants to leave.

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Andrew Sharp 07/17/2013 - 21:45

I am sick of the harshly treated stories doing the rounds about Rooney. His representation is the problem, they are milking this situation for all it is worth! Meanwhile he gets injured on a more and more frequent basis. Difficult to build an argument that he will be a Utd Legend one day the way he has treated the club and supporters. He has the potential to eclipse the achievements of Sir Bobby Charlton and he has blown it.

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vecchio 07/18/2013 - 05:01

he has done all for ManU, even he has played as a center midfield or wide…so shut the fuck up

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Clemens 07/17/2013 - 21:22

My oppinion? moyes wants to anger rooney, so hands in a written transfer request, so United won´t have to pay his wages for the next 2 years, as per the contract he still has

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Babanine 07/17/2013 - 21:37

Rubbish!

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