Moyes plays hardball with Rooney



It is looking more likely that Wayne Rooney days at Manchester United are coming to an end after listening to new manager David Moyes comments regarding United’s star striker Wayne Rooney when he said that Rooney was only vital if “we had an injury to Robin van Persie.”

“Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him,” said Moyes, speaking in Thailand before flying to Sydney for the next stop of their summer tour.

“I want to be able to play the two of them; I want to use Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández as well. I want to give myself as many options as possible.”

Moyes has said every time he has been asked that Rooney is not for sale, and new United chief executive Ed Woodward has no plans to discuss a new contract with Rooney at the moment with the England international being one of the premierships top earners on a salary of £250,000 per-week.

To put it more bluntly it sounds like United only need Rooney if Robin van Persie is unable to play, hardly a position the former top dog wants to be in.

While at Everton Moyes preferred to use a lone striker up front, in what you would call a traditional center forward role, with a number 10 man in behind which in United’s case will be Japanese international Shinji Kagawa.

That man up front would of course be the Premierships leading scorer last season Robin van Persie, and not Wayne Rooney.

Rooney had been hoping that the arrival of Moyes at United would see him play as the front man, as that was his natural position, and the reason he and Sir Alex had problems because Rooney thought he was not playing where he should be.

I am sure that Jose Mourinho is watching the situation closely and could offer Rooney a way out of United as Chelsea desperately search for a strong striker to play the role that would be perfect for Rooney.



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