Robin van Persie urges Wayne Rooney to stay loyal to Manchester United
Wayne Rooney wasn’t on-field with Robin van Persie in the Community Shield game against Wigan Athletic on Sunday, but the Dutchman is hoping to play with the wantaway striker this season. Robin van Persie has urged Rooney to take back his transfer request and concentrate on his career at Manchester United.
Rooney’s career at Manchester United has been under the clouds since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. The 27-year-old England international handed in his second transfer request in three years only a week after the legendary Scotsman left the club.
Chelsea have been closely linked to Rooney, but Manchester United’s reluctance to handover their crown jewel has seen them make little progress. Nonetheless, Chelsea claim they will be in pursuit for Rooney “until the last day” of the season.
“Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same,” Van Persie told The Sun. “One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.
“I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch. He hates to lose - that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team. He will come good again. He is a strong lad.”
Rooney is currently on the bench because of a shoulder injury, yet the striker has received a call up from the Three Lions. England will be playing against Scotland in a friendly on Wednesday. Moyes is already planning an excuse for the striker’s availability, having already declared that he won’t return to action till later in the season.
“I had a long conversation with [England manager] Roy [Hodgson] about it last week,” Moyes told Manchester United’s official television channel. “Wayne has had a shoulder injury. He has been sore with it, which has meant he has not been able to have any contact, so he hasn't trained with us [the first team].
“He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, a floating player, so at least he got a little bit of football work. He trained with the first team today [Saturday] and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us.
“You've got to remember he has had no football practice. I explained all this and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time.”