David Moyes might have lifted his first “trophy” as Manchester United manager as United comfortably saw Wigan off in yesterday’s Community Shield, but the former Everton boss was quick to pay tribute to the man he replaced.
“I class that [the Community Shield] as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex,” said Moyes.
“I was in charge of the team today but it’s a reward for winning the Premier League under Sir Alex last season and I won’t take too much credit for it.”
United beat last year’s FA Cup winners thanks to two goals from Robin Van Persie and Moyes was full of praise for the Dutch striker: “It was a great header, a brilliantly guided header,” said the United manager. “He’s (Van Persie) been very easy to work with, very receptive and helpful.”
“Receptive” and “helpful” are words probably not used to describe Wayne Rooney’s behaviour over the last 18 months, but Moyes was adamant United won’t part way with their striker.
“We don’t want to sell Wayne,” was the straightforward statement of the United manager.
“I have not fallen out with Wayne and the reason he trained with the reserves was because he wanted to because he wasn’t allowed any contact.”
Meanwhile, Moyes remains hopeful of adding to his squad.
“I hope so, we move on every day and the transfer window gets closer and closer,” he said. “But if we have to start the season with what we’ve got then I’ll be happy.”
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