The Scot may have been criticised for a lack of activity but the Englishman staying is a great move.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has come under some severe criticism for the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer, with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini the only big signing.
Yet something that is somewhat overlooked and could well be the 50-year-old’s defining deal since arriving at Old Trafford, is keeping hold of Chelsea target Wayne Rooney.
Since handing in a transfer request at the end of last season, the striker’s future at the Premier League champions looked uncertain – particularly when Blues boss Jose Mourinho became involved.
Moyes then added fuel to the fire by stating that the Englishman was a back-up to Robin Van Persie up-front – something the Scot has since claimed was taken out of context.
Yet as similar rumours surrounding Gareth Bale’s impending departure from the English top tier to Real Madrid began to snowball, the United manager continued to remain calm and insist Rooney would not be leaving.
So good in fact was the former Everton boss at dampening the speculation that when the furor that is transfer deadline day came about, the name of the 27-year-old was barely mentioned.
The Red Devils of course were heavily involved, as although Moyes has shown himself to be a good man manager, when it comes to transfer dealings at one of the world’s biggest clubs, the Glaswegian is possibly out of his depth.
However, keeping Rooney at the Theatre of Dreams could prove to be more influential than any new signing would have been and Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor could well reap the rewards.
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