Wayne Rooney has jumped to the defence of David Moyes by saying that the blame for Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League falls at the feet of the players, not Moyes.
During the summer, Rooney’s future was a constant thorn in Moyes’ side as Chelsea’s public courting of him was a big distraction during an already busy transfer window for United.
Many had questioned whether Rooney would be able to work with Moyes again given their previous history but he has been United’s best player so far this season having found his hunger once again, and has now publicly voiced his support of Moyes.
“I think that’s what we needed, to get the three points and to show a bit of character as a team,” Rooney told The Telegraph.
“A win like this can turn things around. I think us as players know we haven’t been good enough. A new manager has come in and we haven’t been good enough for him.”
United had suffered their worst start to the league since 1989 until a hard fought three points against Sunderland helped ease the pressure on both the players and Moyes.
Like him or loathe him, Rooney has been a completely new player for United this season but he has called for United to improve as a whole to help ease the press on Moyes.
He continued: “Obviously the manager is under a bit of pressure, but we know as a team it’s us who have let him down. We have to pull together for the manager and show the sort of fight we have done here and we’ll be fine.
“This will be a transition season, because it’s a new manager with different styles and we have to adapt to them. More importantly we need to do better for him than we have been.”
During the summer, I didn’t think that Rooney would pull on a United shirt again but since then, he has recaptured the form that endeared him to the United fans.
Now that he has voiced his support of Moyes, a man who once sued him for allegations in his book, he looks to have gone full circle with United.
Right now, he is winning the fans back by supporting the manager and with his performances. His attitude was questionable to say the least in the summer but since the start of the season, it has been fantastic.