David Moyes: Wayne Rooney is not going anywhere

David Moyes

A summary of the key points from David Moyes’ first press conference as Manchester United boss including Wayne Rooney’s future.

David Moyes has taken his first press conference as Manchester United boss in front of a packed media crowd, addressing several key issues the club has to tackle this summer.

Wayne Rooney

Great news for Manchester United fans as far as the future of Wayne Rooney is concerned.

“He's not for sale and will remain a Manchester United player,” said Moyes.

The United boss confirmed that he has held a series of meetings with Rooney and his representatives and has said the striker seems happy and strikes him as a very determined player ahead of the new season.

He has also challenged the striker to hit the all time goalscoring record for the club, which would be a pointless statement if the club was thinking of axing him by the end of this transfer window.

Needless to say Moyes was peppered with questions surrounding Rooney but took an impressive and firm stance.

"Wayne won't be sold by Manchester United," he said closing the issue.


Moyes was giving nothing away in relation to the club's transfer plans, simply stating that the club are on the look out for additions ahead of the new season, keen to add the best players available.

"I come to a club where success is tattooed across its badge, we'll do everything we can to add to the squad. This club is always interested in the best players," said the United boss.

He also explained Nani's current absence from the Manchester United scene, confirming that the winger will have a nose operation before the start of the season which will keep him out of the pre-season tour, somewhat eradicating the possibility he too will be sold.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes also responded to the suggestion that Ferguson may undermine him with his presence at Old Trafford, stating that he hopes the former boss will retain a presence at the club.

“Sir Alex is not there to pressure me - The players have also responded well,” he added.

Ferguson stated he would withdraw from the club if the new boss felt he was affecting his job and the fact the players have hit the ground running with a new boss after such a long previous era is also significant.

The Youth System

Manchester United's youth teams will not be neglected under the reign of David Moyes and while he's targeted additions, he's also confirmed that younger players will be nurtured through to the first team.

"It does change as we used to shop in a different window at Everton. This club will always look to buy the best young players and a big part of my job is to bring young players through the Academy. We're looking to bring through our own players," he said.

Superb news for the likes of Nick Powell and Larnell Cole who now should look forward to a chance to impress in lower profile competitions for the club next season.

The Club's Start to the Season

United head into the start of next season with an incredibly tough opening batch of figures, something Moyes has hinted is a little daunting but a challenge he's looking to embrace.

"I've never seen United get a tougher Premier League start over the years. I hope I have the same magic touch as Sir Alex," he joked.

It's positive to see him take a slightly more light hearted approach to that daunting start and he's clearly been coached well, reluctant to give anything away over the club's start to the season or the tactics he'll use to approach that start.

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