Moyes insists Rooney is already a legend at Manchester United
After signing a contract that spans over five and a half years and makes Rooney the most highly paid player in the Premier League, the England international is expected to end his career with Manchester United.
The 28-year-old forward has been tied down to Manchester United till 2019. Rooney has a good chance of being the record goalscorer for the club as he chases down the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton.
The brace against West Ham United took Rooney to the third place on the record charts with 212 goals to his name. Moyes has pitted Rooney to be the key behind Manchester United’s resurgence in England and Europe.
Moyes also believes that Rooney will play a key role in the Manchester derby on Tuesday, especially in the absence of the club’s key striker Robin van Persie. Van Persie has been sidelined for the game after the Dutchman picked up a knee injury following his hat-trick against Olympiakos last week.
“If you are the third top scorer of a club like Manchester United you already are a legend,” Van Persie said. “I think it gives him a chance to go on and he has a real good chance... as long as he doesn't pick up any serious injuries he has a real good chance of breaking Denis Law's and Sir Bobby Charlton's [records] and that would be some feat.
“Anyone who watched the game against Olympiakos will tell you that you do need those special players who can make the difference. Wayne was one on Saturday and Robin was the one against Olympiakos.”
Moyes lauded Rooney for the charisma and energy he puts on the field each time he walks to play for Manchester United. The Scotsman hailed the English striker for his superb performance against West Ham, where Rooney also scored a goal from 57 yards out.
Moyes further said that since Rooney’s early days everyone recognized him as a special talent and with “big energy, a big heart and his effort” off the charts. The Old Trafford boss declared his side will take on their Manchester rivals head on with Rooney leading the attack.