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Sunday 17 December 2017

Moyes denies any rift with Rooney

David Moyes insists there is no rift between himself and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

And the United manager has restated that the club's policy is not to sell the disgruntled striker who has been the subject of two bids from Chelsea.

Moyes revisited the subject of Rooney after the United boss had landed the first trophy of his Old Trafford reign with a routine 2-0 victory against Wigan in the Community Shield.

In a prickly post-match press conference Moyes also confirmed Rooney would join up with Roy Hodgson's England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Wembley despite having been ruled out of all United's pre-season games, including yesterday, with hamstring and shoulder problems.

Moyes, a fervent Scot, initially was tongue in cheek when he said: "You don't think I'd send England a fit player, do you."

But then he attacked some sections of the press for questioning why Rooney, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury, had trained recently with United reserves. Moyes said: "I spoke to Roy for about two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained. Some of you might not like hearing this but I didn't fall out with Wayne.

"Wayne trained with the reserves because it was his asking. He couldn't have contact, it was a shoulder injury and we used him as a floating player which means he doesn't play in either team, he plays between them both.

"He played as a floating player so he didn't get injured so anybody who wrote anything else was misleading their readers."

When asked if United's policy is that he will not be sold Moyes replied: "Correct."

HEARING

He added: "I'm quite enjoying talking about it because I'm hearing so many of you getting it wrong.

"I want him to join up with England. He trained with us yesterday. He's not ready. You'll probably see that in the game."

Skipper Nemanja Vidic, meanwhile, questioned why anyone would choose to leave Old Trafford.

"I believe Man United is the biggest club in the world and I think there's no point to go anywhere," Vidic said.

"There's so much speculation, so much talk about whether he'll leave or stay. He's at the best club in the world.

"I have to say the last four years I was in that position as well. People were talking about me leaving the club.

"I'm still here and I'm enjoying playing for this club. Nothing has changed."

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