Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Man Utd

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 16:10

Barclays Prem

Allianz Arena

Last Game

Bay Munich 3 - 1 Man Utd

Wednesday, 09 April 2014, 19:45

Champions League Quarter Final

Moyes: Rooney had gone soft

David Moyes told Wayne Rooney he had "gone soft" when they met last summer.

Last Updated: 22/02/14 at 12:37 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney poses with David Moyes and Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward

Wayne Rooney poses with David Moyes and Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward

Rooney signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United on Friday night, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2019.

And United boss Moyes was thrilled to secure Rooney's future, with the striker favourite to become the new club captain next season.

But Moyes revealed he had a heart-to-heart with his former Everton protégé last summer before his official appointment as the new manager.

And he told the England international some home truths about his poor form at the end of the 2012-13 season under Moyes' predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I remember when he came to see me," Moyes said. "I said to him: 'If you ask me what's missing - I think you've gone a bit soft'.

"I thought he hadn't been the hard-working, aggressive player he was. But now in games people are saying: 'Look at the effort he is putting in.' It's his work-rate, not just for himself but for the team. He's become an all-round team player who is also a technically gifted footballer.

"I said to Wayne that I wanted him to stay. Before I'd actually come in here, I'd met Wayne privately a couple of times, to talk about his situation, to try to understand. So when I got in (on 1 July) I knew where Wayne was.

"The most important thing for Wayne was to show everyone what he really was and I think deep down he knows he didn't play as well as he could have done at times. I needed to try to get him back to that level. But in the end I just said to him: 'Wayne, go and get on with it.'

"His training was first-class, he came back in great shape, you could really see the hunger back in his eyes again."

Rooney had been regularly linked with move to Chelsea, but he has decided instead to commit his future to United. Moyes is now backing him to earn his place in the club's folklore and break Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record of 249.

Rooney, who is 42 behind, told MUTV: "It's a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records.

"I'm not too far away even though I've still got a few goals to go, but I'm confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment."

He added on his official website: "This is still one of the world's leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January.

"People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world's best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn't true.

"This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change.

"We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good, we will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs."

Sky Sports expert Gary Neville, who spent seven years playing alongside Rooney at Old Trafford, believes Moyes deserves credit for his role in the deal and can understand why he has been given such a lucrative deal.

"Talking about Wayne Rooney and the money he is signing for, the question you have to ask is how much does it cost to replace him?" said Neville.

"The market now is demanding. For a player who has scored the goals that he has scored in his ten years at United, you would be talking £50, £60million.

"I think from that point of view, the market forces that you have to pay the player what it would cost to replace him."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Contract news: Tim Howard has been handed an extension to his Everton contract

Tim Howard will be staying with Everton until at least 2018 after agreeing a two-year extension to his contract.

Neymar and Jordi Alba will miss the bulk of the remainder of the season

Barcelona forward Neymar has been ruled out for up to a month due to a left foot injury.

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property