David Moyes praised the ‘incredible commitment’ of Wayne Rooney after the wantaway striker’s second-half appearance in Manchester United’s thumping win at Swansea.
The England forward was on the bench in Moyes’s first Premier League match in charge of the champions but, after being applauded by the United fans, came on with half an hour left for Ryan Giggs, with his team already 2-0 ahead.
All on his own: Wayne Rooney didn't join in with his United team-mates after Robin van Persie's goal
No interest: Rooney was seen chatting to referee Phil Dowd after Danny Welbeck scored United's fourth
Back in the side: Wayne Rooney returned to the Manchester United team on Saturday
Rooney, who started as a withdrawn striker, moved up to spearhead the attack when two-goal Robin van Persie went off and was involved in both of United’s further goals.
But Chelsea target Rooney’s future at Old Trafford remains in doubt as he declined to celebrate either goal, showing a determined, but unemotional, attitude.
Under instruction: David Moyes speaks to Wayne Rooney as the Manchester United star comes off the bench
On the bench: Wayne Rooney started as a substitute for Manchester United in their season opener
Moyes, without commenting on the £250,000-a-week star’s future, said: ‘Wayne’s a good player and he showed that when he came on. I thought he was incredibly committed and helped set up two goals.’
Asked whether he was fed up with the relentless interest in the Rooney saga, Moyes added: ‘We just get on with it. Wayne’s worked really hard (in training) and for any player, when you cross that white line you go and play your football. That’s what Wayne did today.’
Upset: Wayne Rooney looks despondent as he arrives for the game at the Liberty Stadium
Wanted: Chelsea and Jose Mourinho wish to take Rooney to Stamford Bridge
Fit? The striker played more than 45 minutes for England against Scotland at Wembley
Moyes was delighted with victory, adding: ‘Overall I thought it was a fantastic performance. Swansea are a good side and I thought they might be more ready than us after playing two Europa League matches. We won’t get carried away but it’s a really good result.’
On Van Persie he added: ‘He’s a pleasure to work with. I’ve enjoyed seeing him in action. He’s so keen to get better and find new ways of scoring goals.
Contrast: David Moyes looks much happier than Rooney ahead of his first Premier League game in charge
‘I also reminded Danny Welbeck that it’s his duty as a Manchester United striker to score more goals and he’s already got more in one game than the whole of last season. I think the (midweek) goal against Scotland boosted his confidence.’
Moyes, who revealed that he had a good luck text from Sir Alex Ferguson, is optimistic about bringing in new faces before the end of the transfer window. ‘Hopefully we will get things moving,’ he added.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup said: ‘The difference was finishing. Van Persie’s two goals were world class.
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