Wayne Rooney should continue with aggression says Manchester United manager
David Moyes doesn’t want Wayne Rooney to change his ways despite the forward being lucky to escape with a red card on Sunday afternoon.
November 27th, 2013
Rooney kicked out at Jordon Mutch and was fortunate that the referee displayed leniency when only booking the England striker, although the United manager doesn’t want his player to lose the fire in his belly.
“I want Wayne to have fire in his belly,” said Moyes.
“He plays better when he is tough and aggressive. I don’t want him to be kicking at anybody but I want him to keep being aggressive.
“He plays with his heart as well as the skills he has got in abundance.
“That is the way he is and that is the way he was when he was a boy at Everton with me.
“That is what a lot of people have said might have been missing from his game last season.
“It is certainly not missing now. He has the hunger and desire back. He is committed for everything.”
Indeed, Rooney appears to have benefitted from Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, with the player dismayed at being played in midfield by the former Red Devils boss.
Moyes is delighted with Rooney’s form this season, with the forward set to lead the line in place of the injured Robin van Persie against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
“That is what happens with Wayne – a lot of attention,” said Moyes.
“Everyone recognises the form he is in. He scored a goal again and made another.
“Maybe more attention has been drawn to something else rather than his goal or making another goal but the attention for all this season has been on his good form.”