Moyes mending Rooney relationship at United

Wayne Rooney

The Scottish manager is showing the forward the required love and attention to get him firing on all cylinders for the Premier League champions this season.

Wayne Rooney’s future was well and truly up in the air over the summer, with rumblings that the player was discontent at Old Trafford and Chelsea eager to bring him to west London.

Part of Rooney’s reported unhappiness stemmed from a quote from David Moyes, who stated that he would need the England star as a back-up to Robin van Persie.

However, with Rooney staying with United, Moyes has started to show the mercurial attacker the required love and attention to have him happy and firing again.

The former Everton prodigy played unexpectedly for the Red Devils in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, wearing protective headware due to a cut on his forehead.

An 81st minute free-kick rounded off a solid performance and Moyes has stated that he wanted to play Rooney to get his match fitness back up to the required level.

"I am sure he has gained confidence," he said.

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"He has got himself in a really good physical condition, albeit he lacks match practice because of his stop-start injuries. I think the crowd have given him a great lift and hopefully he can repay them with plenty of goals.

“He needs a period now to get back to what he does best. I thought in the first half he was excellent but tired in the second. I had spoken to him to try and get 90 minutes under his belt and I thought that would help us in the long run.

“I could have changed it earlier but I wanted him to get those minutes because he needs it."

Sir Alex Ferguson had started deploying Rooney in deeper areas last season, but Moyes believes that Rooney can get a lot of goals for the club this term as a striker.

“I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us," he said.

"He has scored a lot of goals. It was down last year. But to be successful you need to have people who can score you 20 goals.

“I am hoping with Robin [Van Persie] and Wayne you have two there who you would say they have it in them to do that.

"The hope is that we get a partnership where folk are saying, 'My goodness we are having to play against Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney'. Everybody is looking to see if those two form a partnership that can score lots of goals.”

Putting attention on Rooney, talking about his importance to the club and giving him a start against Palace despite the injury are all good moves from Moyes. If Rooney can get back to anywhere near his best, the England star has the potential to be United’s best player, and it seems that Moyes is starting to realise this.

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