Manchester - New Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted that Wayne Rooney
is not for sale as he faced the world's media on Friday for the first
time since his appointment as the successor to Alex Ferguson.
is adamant that the striker, who Ferguson claimed had requested a
transfer before the end of last season, will not be leaving the club,
but he stopped short of confirming that the England international had
declared an intention to stay.
The Scot said that he had spoken to
Rooney since he returned for pre-season training on Wednesday, but he
would not reveal what was said during their conversations.
had opportunities to speak to him," Moyes told reporters at Old
Trafford. "Wayne is not for sale. He's a Manchester United player and
will remain a Manchester United player.
"He is training really well, he is coming back in good shape and I am looking forward to working with him.
have spoken several times and as far as I've seen it, what has happened
is gone. I've seen a glint in his eye, he looks happy and he looks like
he is going to knuckle down.
"I do not know what those two
gentlemen said -- Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney. That conversation
was private and as far as I am concerned, I am looking forward to
working with Wayne."
Asked if Rooney had categorically committed
himself to United, Moyes replied: "I can categorically tell you that
Wayne Rooney has trained fantastically well since I've been here. Wayne
won't be sold by Manchester United."
United captain Nemanja Vidic,
who was also present, said he had not discussed Rooney's position with
his team-mate but claimed the 27-year-old England striker was in
excellent physical condition.
"I did not talk to him about his future. He is in the best shape of the last five years," Vidic said.
also spoke about the moment Ferguson revealed to him in private that he
was to become the next United manager, just a week before the
long-serving coach announced he was retiring from management after 26
and a half record-breaking years at Old Trafford.
"I am incredibly
privileged to be given the opportunity and grateful to Alex Ferguson
and the board for making it happen," he said.
"It was a strange
situation. I had no idea whatsoever. I knew nothing until he gave me a
call and asked me to come to his house. I was expecting him to tell me
he was coming in for one of my (Everton) players.
"The first thing
he said was, 'I'm retiring,' and his next words were: 'You're the next
Manchester United manager.' I did not get a chance to say yes or no -- I
was told I was the next United manager and that was enough.
"I was incredibly privileged. The blood drained from my face, more from shock about him retiring than anything else.
know what I've got and I know the job in hand, but I am sure when Alex
Ferguson took over, he knew the job in hand too. But he has left me a
squad that is capable of winning the Premier League title."
added that he hopes Ferguson will be in attendance at United's games and
revealed that he has already spoken to him at length since his
appointment for guidance.
"I hope he is sitting in the directors'
box," Moyes said. "I have already called him two or three times for some
advice. He will be there for advice, he's not there to pressure me."
new manager also admitted that he had asked former first-team coach
Rene Meulensteen to stay at the club, only for the Dutchman to opt to