Moyes has handled Rooney poorly at Man Utd says Souness

Graeme Souness believes David Moyes has made mistakes in his handling of Wayne Rooney since becoming Manchester United manager, ESPN has reported.

Souness added that he feels the reason Rooney is unsettled at Old Trafford is that some of Moyes’ comments have left the England international feeling underappreciated – “second fiddle to Robin van Persie” as Souness put it.

Moyes appeared to suggest Rooney was primarily there to back-up van Persie, although the quotes were misinterpreted. Rooney however was said to be unhappy with the words of his manager, and Souness says that if he was in Rooney’s shoes, he would not want to be seen as second best behind the Dutchman.

Whether it was intentional or unwise words by David Moyes, if I’m Wayne Rooney I’m thinking ‘hang on, I’m the star of the show’,” Souness said, adding: “He will be a very unhappy young man at that – his ego’s been dented. Manchester United have put themselves in a very difficult situation, but I don’t think they can sell him to an English team.”

Rooney has missed most of pre-season with an injury but is expected to play against Swedish side AIK on August 6. Chelsea have however expressed an interest in taking Rooney away from the champions.

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