Transfer news: David Moyes reiterates that Wayne Rooney will not leave Manchester United and sets August 6 as his return date
Striker has been out of action with a hamstring injury while Jose Mourinho has expressed significant interest in signing the England international
Tuesday 23 July 2013
David Moyes has once again reiterated that Wayne Rooney will not leave Manchester United and has instead said that the striker is due to make his return from injury in on August 6.
Rooney was sent home from United’s pre-season tour of Asia on the day they arrived, having picked up a hamstring injury before flying out to Thailand.
Moyes was speaking after seeing his side succumb to their second defeat in three games, losing 3-2 to Yokohama F Marinos.
He said: “Yes. He (Rooney) is coming on. He is doing light jogging now. The feedback I am getting from home is that he is progressing. We have said he is not for sale and that hasn’t changed.
Rooney is said to be “angry and confused” according to sources close to the England international over Moyes’ words that he may not be first-choice at Old Trafford.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Rooney had asked for a transfer away from the club, with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho making it no secret that he wants to bring the forward to Stamford Bridge.
Moyes was unhappy with his side’s performance this morning, though he couldn’t fault there effort in the Japanese heat as they look to find their match fitness ahead of the Community Shield encounter with Wigan Athletic on August 10.
“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.
“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.”
Japanese international Shinji Kagawa picked up the man-of-the-match award for the friendly, despite only playing for 30 minutes, leading Moyes to question the decision at the Yokohama Stadium.
“It was the first time I had seen him play,” admitted Moyes. “He has a great chance to score and almost another chance when Ashley Young could have played him in. If he had scored then maybe the man of the match award would have been justified! I was pleased to have him back, though.”
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Liverpool fans applaud Cristiano Ronaldo after master-class for Real Madrid, despite his Manchester United ties
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Diego Costa injury: Chelsea striker forced into hospital ahead of Manchester United clash - reports
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters