Manchester United morning news: Ivorian was 'close to summer move'; Rooney speaks out

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including Wayne Rooney and Lacina Traore.

Despite reports yesterday that Wayne Rooney remains unhappy at Manchester United, the Mirror has published an interview with the striker that suggests that may not be the case.

While suggestions remain that the striker had his heart set on a move to Chelsea during the summer, he has spoken about keeping his head down, working hard and achieving success under new boss David Moyes.

I feel great,” he said. “The training is a bit different under the new manager – I remember it from Everton, it’s more intense. That’s helping me.”

And speaking about Moyes, Rooney added, “He’s a great manager and thoroughly deserves this job because of what he did at Everton. It’s good to work under him and hopefully be successful together.”

With Moyes refusing to sanction any move, and with Rooney seemingly reaching peak form at Old Trafford, it seems both men are working together for the good of the club.

And from one striker to another, the agent of Anzhi Makhachkala's Lacina Traore claims United were close to signing his client in the summer.

The 23-year-old Ivorian now looks set for a January move to Juventus. But Goal’s Italian website has published quotes from the player’s representative claiming that while Zenit St. Petersburg attempted to sign the player, “the club that went closest to taking him was Manchester United.”

Whether this is a revelation based on fact or simply an agent drumming up interest in his client remains to be seen.

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