Man Utd boss Moyes relishing fired-up Rooney

Manchester United manager David Moyes has rejected the suggestion that a fired-up Wayne Rooney is proving hard to handle, ESPN has reported, with Moyes insisting that this is how he wants the England international to be.

Rooney appeared to lash out at Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch when the sides met in Wales on Sunday, and was booked for his part in the altercation, but Moyes wants his former Everton charge to continue playing with the kind of attitude that has this season delivered eight goals in 16 games for the Premier League champions.

I think his form and his attitude and his temperament have all been first class,” Moyes said at a pre-match press conference prior to United’s Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen. “I couldn’t fault any of them.

There will always be times when players have little bits where it’s not always right,” he added. “ On Sunday, Wayne was probably a little bit fortunate but I still think the referee made the right decision.

Moyes continued: “Wayne’s got a fire in his belly and I think he plays better when he’s tough and aggressive. I don’t want to change Wayne Rooney that’s for sure.

I don’t want him to be kicking at anybody but I want him to be aggressive, to be challenging and running. I think we’re seeing a really good Wayne Rooney who’s in top form and scoring goals as well.

Moyes claimed Rooney was much the same during their time together at Goodison Park, noting that it was claimed by some critics last season Rooney had lost those very qualities. “It’s certainly not missing now, he’s got the hunger back, the desire back and he’s committed for everything. I’d rather have a Wayne Rooney that way than any other way,” Moyes said.

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