Moyes sees Rooney becoming “one of the great legends” of Manchester United
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is on his way to become “one of the great legends” of the club. The Old Trafford boss feels Rooney has done well to establish himself as a leader at Manchester United and served the club with brilliance in time of need – traits described in true legend.
Rooney is enjoying returning to form under Moyes after a lack lustrous start to the season. Manchester United can boast about few good results this season, and Rooney has been at the heart of them all. The 28-year-old forward played a pivotal role deep in the midfield in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday.
Rooney is quickly maturing for a versatile role in Manchester United’s attack. The England international has learnt to play a deeper role in the midfield from where he can control the game and help score goals. Moyes is highly impressed with Rooney’s “great” form and with the way he has become an influential figure for the Red Devils.
“Do you know what I see more than anything in Wayne? I see leadership,” Moyes said. “I see somebody who wants to take responsibility for the team. I see somebody who cares for how he plays and how the team plays. More than anything, that is what I see from Wayne.
“Maybe if he is not quite at the top of his form I will need him to drop in at times and he has no problem doing any of the jobs. He is getting to an age now where he realises he is not a boy any more. He is one of the senior men in the team. He is actually on the verge of being one of the great legends at this club.
“Because of that, I think he is saying: 'I have got to take responsibility for results and for performances and make sure the players are doing it on the pitch.' The players are responding.”
Robin van Persie’s injury has put more responsibility of Rooney’s shoulder. Moyes admits the former Everton player has performed superbly under-pressure and led his side’s attack superbly. Moyes also revealed that he won’t bring in a new striker during the winter transfer window since Danny Welbeck was showing good form for the on the field.
“The thing levelled at Danny was: ‘Could he score?’ He is beginning to make a contribution to the goal tally, which we want.” Moyes said. “Because of that it is certainly helping Wayne and Robin as well. It will give me a headache. We need to get Robin back and we need to have Danny scoring goals because, overall, we have relied a lot on Wayne.”
Welbeck has scored five goals in a total of 11 Premier League appearances this season. With Van Persie returning to the fold within a month, Manchester United will probably be best without spending money on a new signing.