Wayne Rooney has hailed the training regime David Moyes has implemented at Manchester United, and has called the Scot a “great manager”.
Rooney first shot to fame under the guidance of Moyes when they were both at Everton, but their relationship soured following his £27million move to Old Trafford in 2004. Indeed, comments the striker made in his autobiography resulted in the former Toffees manager successfully taking out legal action against the player.
So when Moyes was appointed United boss in the summer, many expected Rooney to be offloaded, particularly as he had a public falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season. However, the Reds maintained throughout the transfer window that he wasn’t for sale, and they stuck to their guns despite Chelsea’s interest.
Rooney has since been integrated back into the first team and is on top form, scoring his 200th goal for the club in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. And the 27-year-old has now praised the intense regime Moyes has introduced to training, and has also hailed him as a “great manager”.
“The training is a bit different under the new manager,” said Rooney. “I remember it from Everton. It’s more intense. That’s helping me. I’m glad to be out playing. 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.”
Rooney has scored three goals and assisted in three more in the four games he has played this season, and was a notable absentee when United lost at Liverpool earlier this month. However, when asked by ITV’s Gabriel Clarke if he was now happy at Old Trafford, he dodged the question, as he did when asked if he wanted to leave during the summer.