Manchester United manager David Moyes is delighted with the impact of his players in England’s qualification campaign and has praised Wayne Rooney for proving his worth.


Manchester United have made a slow start under new manager David Moyes and are currently 9th in the league table – six points behind league leaders Arsenal. Panic set in among the United fans after the club lost two matches in a row, first against Manchester City, followed by a shambolic performance against West Brom at home. But the reigning Premier League champions went into the international break on the back of a positive result. Adnan Januzaj stepped up produced a wonderful individual performance against Sunderland to give them all three points. It wasn’t a convincing performance, but it was an important result.

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David Moyes stated the importance of going into the long international break on the back of a positive result.

“Sometimes you get the international break on the back of a bad result and sometimes off a good result. We went into it with a good result.” – The Manchester United manager said.

But international breaks also bring along the possibilities of losing key players to injuries. Moyes stated that he is monitoring the fitness of certain players ahead of their upcoming fixture against Southampton.

“It’s always a concern, especially when you have so many players away like we do. I’ll monitor training, one or two are nursing knocks so we’ll need to look at it but hopefully they will be okay.” – Moyes added.

David Moyes was also pleased with the part his players played in England’s qualification to the World Cup in Brazil. Four Manchester United players made it to the starting eleven used by Roy Hodgson in England’s last match against Poland, with Wayne Rooney scoring the opening goal.

“We have a lot of England internationals who play for Manchester United and that’s pleasing as I’m sure it’s a big boost for them and a big boost for the country as well. It’s a great achievement for Roy and the team to get to the finals and I congratulate him on that.” – He said.

David Moyes also reiterated how Wayne Rooney has repaid his faith and proved his critics wrong. The England international has been in fine form this season and has already scored three goals and provided three assists in five Premier League starts.

“I saw him like this on the first day of pre-season yet I had to keep telling everyone that was the case because the media thought it was different.

“I saw him in great form. He was in great fettle. His training was fantastic from day one.

“But people kept saying different things and I found it difficult to prove it different.

“You can see by his form and the goals he is scoring that what I was saying was right

“He is at an age where he would be one of the main players.

“He is certainly a main player for Manchester United and he is one of the main players for England.

“That is what we expected.

“He takes the responsibility, scores the goals when it is required. He has done that from a young age.

“But the age he is at now he has that maturity which shows in how he plays, the condition he is in and the way he is playing for both club and country.” – Moyes told the press.