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Rooney playing for the team, says Moyes

The 28-year-old has scored 10 goals this term but it has been his all-round play that has pleased the manager.

Rooney has been in fine form for United this season.
Rooney has been in fine form for United this season.

ENGLAND AND MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney has turned into a selfless player who is now playing for the team, United manager David Moyes said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old — who was given his Premier League debut by Moyes when he was at Everton — has scored 10 goals this term but it has been his all-round play that has pleased the manager.

“What Wayne is doing is making the others play well because he is playing well. He has turned himself into a real team player,” Moyes said.

“With the assists for the team and the goals, his all-round contribution has been fantastic.”

Rooney, who has scored 207 goals in 423 games for United, had been thought to be on the verge of leaving in the close season after a rocky end to last term when his relationship with Moyes’s predecessor Alex Ferguson deteriorated.

However, Moyes believes that now his future has been settled the sometimes fiery Rooney can play a role in setting an example for the younger players at United.

“He (Rooney) needs to show the young players,” Moyes said.

“He has a big responsibility to show the next generation the standards that Manchester United set.

“You go through the years and look at people like Ryan Giggs and the advice he gave to Wayne Rooney. Wayne has now to give it to Adnan Januzaj and the new players coming up.”

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