Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted that striker, Wayne Rooney is not for sale and has predicted his return to first-team football in a friendly in Stockholm on August 6.

Moyes, who was speaking after United's 3-2 friendly defeat against Yokohama, made it clear that the England international is recovering from the grade one hamstring injury that forced him to leave the club's pre-season tour and once again stated that the striker will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford. 

Rooney is understood to be 'angry and confused' with life at Old Trafford, after Sir Alex Ferguson claimed at the end of last season that the forward has expressed a desire to leave Manchester United.

During United's trip to Australia, Moyes spoke on Rooney's role for United, saying: '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.'

Rooney has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, with their Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho admitting that the England forward is his one and only transfer target ahead of the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

Last week, Chelsea had an opening offer of £22million rejected by Manchester United, while Arsenal and french lique one club PSG continue to monitor the situation. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager David Moyes revealed his disappointment at his side's defeat against Japanese club, Yokohama  , which saw United fall to a second pre-season loss in three games.
Glare: David Moyes watched his side tumble 3-2 against Yokohama F-Marinos in a pre-season friendly

'I am disappointed with the goals we conceded. We had a lot of opportunities to finish the game off. We had great chances at 2-1 and had other chances after that. We didn’t take them. 

It was a tough game. They are decent and played well,' he said.
Upset: Yokohama players celebrate after scoring on the way to defeating Moyes' United side

'The biggest thing was the effort the players had to put in. The players worked really hard. You could tell how hot it was and we were trying to get as many of them through 90 minutes as possible. Some did very well and we were pleased with that.'


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