With the transfer window rumbling on, the saga surrounding Wayne Rooney and where he will play his football this season continues in the press.
The England international missed the Community Shield through injury, and David Moyes was all-too-willing to discuss the forward in the aftermath of the game.
The Scottish boss reiterated that rumours that he had fallen out with Rooney were untrue, and explained that the attacker was returning from injury.
"I don't see why you think that's confusing. It's a big game for Scotland. You don't think I'm going to send England a fit player, do you?" the Scottish manager joked.
"I spoke to Roy [Hodgson] for probably two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained and some of you might not like hearing this but I didn't fall out with Wayne. Some of you wrote untruths. Anybody who wrote anything else is misleading their readers. He trained with the reserves because it was his asking.
"He couldn't have contact because it was a shoulder injury. It was as a floating player which means he doesn't play for either team, just in case any of you are unclear what I mean about that. He played as a floating player so that he didn't get injured. Anyone who wrote anything else was mistaken.
"I'm quite enjoying talking about Wayne because I'm hearing so many of you getting it wrong and I know most of you. I think you're a bit cleverer than that but some of you aren't acting that way."
Moyes continued by stating that he wants Rooney to get as much playing time under his belt as possible, and that it will be a boost for United when the England international is ready to feature once more.
"I want him to join up with England. He trained with us yesterday. He's not ready and you'll probably see that during the game.
“He'll probably play a chunk of the game but he's had no football apart from 45 minutes against Real Betis in a friendly where he's hurt his shoulder. Apart from that he's got no match action.
"So you wouldn't expect someone in that condition to be playing for a long period. He's coming back, he's breaking himself back into the team and it will be great for Manchester United because hopefully he'll get some game time.
“He wasn't ready for today. But he's got a chance of being ready for Wednesday."
Moyes has not come out and said that Rooney will definitely not be leaving Manchester United, but the Scottish manager should realise the attacker’s importance after the win over Wigan.
Robin van Persie was once more the goal hero, hitting the net twice, but United fans will be somewhat concerned that the Premier League champions are becoming over dependent on the Dutchman.
Rooney’s track record of getting goals and inspiring his team is there for all to see, and in tighter games than the one against Wigan, Moyes will be glad to be able to turn to the former Everton prodigy.
United’s attack was missing something on Sunday – a player like Rooney who can start up front but drop and get the ball into feet, bringing the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck into the game.
Rooney gives United an extra dimension going forward with his creativity and guile, whilst simultaneously offering a real goal threat that will take some of the burden away from Van Persie.
United would be foolish to sell him this summer, and Moyes’ main priority should be getting Rooney fit and his head focused on helping the club retain the Premier League title.
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