- Rooney crunch talks Moyes jets back to decide Wayne future16:04 | 30/07/2013
DAVID MOYES flies back to Manchester today intent on convincing Wayne Rooney his future is at Old Trafford.
Roo was forced to return home just one day into the club’s Far East pre-season tour with a hamstring injury.
The England striker was snapped yesterday on holiday in Portugal while the rest of the United squad beat Kitchee FC 5-2 in Hong Kong.
Rooney wants out but United rejected Chelsea’s £30million bid and Moyes is desperate to keep him.
The pair have talked in the last fortnight after what Moyes believes was a breakdown in communication over the player’s future.
Rooney’s camp was unhappy at the boss suggesting he would be second string to Robin van Persie. Moyes, in fact, wants to find a way to play them together.
But Rooney is also concerned about former manager Alex Ferguson’s continued presence at the club as a director.
Fergie fell out with Rooney at the end of last season, dropping him for the final two games and claiming the striker wanted to quit the club.
Rooney’s camp denies this — and wanted the club to make that clear. But Old Trafford officials were not prepared to refute what Ferguson said.
Moyes insists that he personally has no problems with Rooney and definitely wants him to be part of his team this season.
And the former Everton chief was delighted yesterday as his side finished their tour on a winning note and admits is feeling more comfortable as the boss of Manchester United.
Moyes said: “Yeah I’m a bit more relaxed because of being around the players and them getting to know me.
“And I think they’ll feel a wee bit the same way. I’ve enjoyed being with them, they’ve been really good to work with.
“This was going to be a daunting job for anyone who was going to replace Sir Alex. Whoever takes over the job at Manchester United would find that.
“But certainly you grow into it and as the days go on you start to feel a bit more comfortable.”
United put on one of their best displays of the tour yesterday with a convincing victory over the Hong Kong side.
Moyes had called on Danny Welbeck to improve his finishing and the England striker added another goal yesterday to his two in the 5-1 win over the A-League All Stars.
Welbeck volleyed into an open goal on 18 minutes after Ashley Young’s shot crashed off the post.
Four minutes later Chris Smalling powered in a header from Tom Cleverley’s cross.
And it was 3-0 on 26 minutes when Wifried Zaha fed Fabio, whose right-footer found the far bottom corner of the net.
Alexander Buttner set up fellow half-time sub Adnan Januzaj to head home the fourth just after the break.
Lam Ka Wai got one back for the home side on 53 minutes and Alex Alkande netted their second goal 15 minutes later.
But Jesse Lingard — one of United’s big hits on tour — bagged the goal of the game 10 minutes from time, curling a long-range effort into the top right-hand corner.
United played in stifling heat and Smalling admitted it was a struggle.
The England defender, 23, said: “It was difficult — all of the games have been difficult in this heat — but it will hopefully stand us in good stead during the season.
“It was nice to pop up with a goal, too. But to be fair, I probably should have had a hat-trick.
“I have been due one because I didn’t get too many last season. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few more this season and chip in a little more.”
United expect Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea will be fit for the start of the season despite an injured finger.
According to The Sun
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