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Manchester United manager praises Rooney

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Wayne Rooney has been the centre of attention during this summer's transfer window with the persistent interest from Chelsea placing doubt over his future at Old Trafford.

However, with Moyes' first official game at Old Trafford in charge of the champions of England, which ended in a goalless draw, Rooney stood out for Manchester United and Moyes had nothing but praise for the striker.

Moyes stated that he was pleased with Wayne's performance. The Manchester United boss also credited the fans for getting behind the player even after the speculation surrounding the players future.

He told manutd.com: "I was very pleased with Wayne's performance and very pleased by the reaction from the crowd," said Moyes. "That wasn't unexpected - I expected it.

"I told him I might only play him for 60 or 70 minutes and see how he was. But he worked back, he tackled and he was great. He closed two or three people down in the corner and the crowd realised the work he did.

"He was desperate to score and nearly scored with an overhead kick in injury time." Moyes added that he feels Rooney, the player who he mentored during his Everton days, is currently in prime condition for United, both mentally and physically.

"He's been great in training and anyone who has looked at him has seen a slightly leaner Wayne. I think Wayne has a positive mind at the moment. I don't think that needs to change. I think his attitude showed a lot tonight."

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