Moyes warms up to Rooney before Man Utd’s trip to Leverkusen
Manchester United manager David Moyes is happy with the form of his star striker Wayne Rooney. The Old Trafford boss claims to be pleased to see that Rooney has “fire in his belly” to improve and record better results. Moyes urged the England international to further increase his form and Manchester United acquire better results.
Rooney has been under the gun for kicking Cardiff City’s midfielder Jordan Mutch in the 2-2 draw to the Welsh outfit last Sunday. The 28-year-old evaded a ban and a red card narrowly, although he did receive a yellow card. The striker went on to score and provide an assist.
It was a night of mixed emotions for Rooney, who saw himself become hero and villain for both teams on Sunday. After the kicking incident and bringing lead to Manchester United, Rooney let an unmarked Kim Bo-Kyung score the equalizer and then squandered an easy opportunity to score the winner.
Moyes is hoping Rooney will forget about his night in Cardiff as Manchester United prepare for their Champions League trip to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
“I think his form and his attitude and his temperament have all been first class,” Moyes said in a news conference ahead of the game. “I couldn’t fault any of them. There will always be times when players have little bits where it’s not always right. On Sunday, Wayne was probably a little bit fortunate but I still think the referee made the right decision.
“Wayne’s got a fire in his belly and I think he plays better when he’s tough and aggressive. I don’t want to change Wayne Rooney that’s for sure. I don’t want him to be kicking at anybody but I want him to be aggressive, to be challenging and running. I think we’re seeing a really good Wayne Rooney who’s in top form and scoring goals as well.”
Moyes believes Rooney is an emotional player, who is always ready to give in his best. The former Everton manager, who had Rooney as a youngster before he joined Manchester United, said that Rooney “play with his heart” on the field.
“It’s part of his game, he’s an aggressive player,” Moyes said. “He plays with his heart as well as the skills he’s got in abundance. It was always a big part when he was at Everton with me and that’s what a lot of people have said was missing from his game last season.
“It’s certainly not missing now, he’s got the hunger back, the desire back and he’s committed for everything. I’d rather have a Wayne Rooney that way than any other way.”