David Moyes has described Wayne Rooney as one of the best players in the world, hinting that he wants to keep the striker at Manchester United.
Various clubs have been linked with the England international in recent days, after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney had asked for a transfer last month.
Moyes is expected to meet to meet with Rooney for discussions over speculation regarding his future, which may lead to him staying at the club.
The striker appeared to be getting frustrated with lack of games and being substituted in some of United’s big games this season.
However, United have stated that Rooney is currently not up for sale.
Moyes, who managed Rooney at Everton, said: "I don't watch all Manchester United games, but he is definitely one of the best players in the world.
"I remember watching him during training and he was amazing," he added. "We [the staff] asked each other: 'Did he just do that?' I believe he is the last street footballer, the kind like in Glasgow."
Moyes will be keen to resolve Rooney's future as soon as possible as he tries to bed in and get off to the best possible start as Ferguson's replacement.
The current Everton boss takes charge of the Toffees for the final time on Sunday, when they take on Europa League finalists at Stamford Bridge.
Moyes will then officially begin work at Old Trafford on July 1.
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