David Moyes was in the mood to crack wise over the future of Wayne Rooney following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in yesterday’s Community Shield.
Responding to questions about why Rooney was fit enough for England selection this Wednesday but was said to be holding a shoulder injury that prevented his involvement in Wembley yesterday the Scottish manager initially made light of the situation, “I don’t see why you think that’s confusing. It’s a big game for Scotland. You don’t think I’m going to send England a fit player, do you?”
Moyes said that the nature of his relationship with Rooney is not fractured despite recent reports in the media and said that the press have largely got it wrong about the pair’s interactions this summer.
“I spoke to Roy Hodgson for probably two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained and some of you might not like hearing this but I didn’t fall out with Wayne. Some of you wrote untruths. Anybody who wrote anything else is misleading their readers. He trained with the reserves [on Thursday and Friday] because it was his asking.”
Rooney returned from the squad’s preseason tour of Asia with the injury and was said to be ‘angry and confused’ at Moyes’ statement that his value to the team was as a back up to Robin van Persie this year but Moyes says that the player has been training to protect any further injury and any other interpretation of his preparations is wrong.
“He couldn’t have contact because it was a shoulder injury. It was as a floating player which means he doesn’t play for either team, just in case any of you are unclear what I mean about that. He played as a floating player so that he didn’t get injured. Anyone who wrote anything else was mistaken.
“I’m quite enjoying talking about Wayne because I’m hearing so many of you getting it wrong and I know most of you. I think you’re a bit cleverer than that but some of you aren’t acting that way.”
Chelsea have been reported as preparing a third bid after United rejected their first two of £20million and £25million but it has yet to materialise and the Premier League champions are redoubled their statements that the player is not for sale this season under any circumstances.