London - Manchester United manager David Moyes lost his patience
after being questioned about unsettled striker Wayne Rooney following
his side's victory over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield on
Rooney is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford and has
been the subject of two unsuccessful bids from Chelsea during the close
He was left out of the squad due to a shoulder injury
at Wembley, where Robin van Persie's brace gave United a 2-0 win, but
Moyes said media reports about his training programme have been
Rooney trained with United's reserves this week after
hurting his shoulder in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real
Betis, but Moyes said that was at Rooney's request, rather than as a
form of punishment.
"Wayne has trained, and some of you might not like
hearing this, but I didn't fall out with Wayne," Moyes told reporters
during a terse post-game press conference.
"Some of you wrote untruths. Wayne trained with the
reserves because it was his asking. He couldn't have (physical) contact,
he had a shoulder injury.
"In case you don't know, we used him as a floating
player, which means he doesn't play for either team, he plays between
"He played as a floating player so he didn't get injured. So any of you who wrote anything else are misleading your readers."
Rejecting the suggestion that he had grown tired of
discussing the Rooney saga, Moyes added: "I'm quite enjoying talking
about it because I'm hearing so many of you (journalists) getting it
"And I know most of you, and I think to myself, 'I
think you're a bit cleverer than that, you boys.' But some of you aren't
acting that way at the moment."
When asked to confirm that Rooney was still not for sale, Moyes replied, "Correct."
And when he was questioned about the wisdom of holding
onto an unhappy player, he snapped: "Why are you asking me again? He's
not for sale. There's no more answer to your question."
Rooney did not play in any of United's official
pre-season games due to hamstring and shoulder injuries, but he was
nonetheless called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for Wednesday's
friendly against Scotland.
Moyes insisted he was happy with Rooney's selection and
said it would help him return to fitness in time for the start of the
Premier League season next weekend, when United visit Swansea City.
"I want him to join up (with the England squad)," said Moyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson as United manager on July 1.
"He trained with us yesterday (Saturday). He's not
ready, you'll probably see that in the game. He'll probably play a chunk
of the game.
"He's had no football. He's had 45 minutes against Real
Betis in a friendly when he hurt his shoulder. Apart from that, since
the day he got back for pre-season, he's got no match action.
"So you probably wouldn't expect somebody in that condition to be playing for a long period.
"He's coming back, he's breaking himself back into the
team. It'll be great for Manchester United because hopefully Wayne will
get some playing time.
"He wasn't ready for today's game, but he's got a chance of being ready for Wednesday."