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David Moyes wins crucial battle of the summer - keeping Rooney

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David Moyes - billed as Sir Alex Ferguson's chosen one as successor of Manchester United  - has come in for criticism following a far from fruitful transfer window.

Moyes has been put in the firing line for the lack of players he has brought in this transfer window. Manchester United’s last gasp attempt to bring in left back Fabio Coentrao was scuppered as they had left a complex two player, three club operation too late in the transfer window.

Moyes hoped to sign the Portugal defender on a season-long loan deal after failing to land Everton left back Leighton Baines. This has left United without the man they hoped would compete with Patrice Evra at left-back.

United moved for another La liga player but their bid for Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, descended into farce when three impostors strode into the Spanish league's headquarters pretending to be officials of Manchester United.

The Herrera deal collapsed shortly afterwards, with Moyes believing a £30.5m clause in the player's contract was too high.

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker defended Moyes on his official Twitter feed: 'Those having a pop at Moyes should remember that he won the fight to keep Rooney, which was crucial. Without him United are debilitated'.

Rooney was heavily linked to a move to Chelsea this summer but Man United rejected two bids from the Blues.

David Moyes prevailed the winner as the unsettled striker decided to stay at Old Trafford. Moyes appears to have won his first significant battle as Manchester United manager by thwarting Jose Mourinho’s attempts to lure Rooney to Stamford Bridge.

Despite Rooney’s discontent this summer and his efforts to move elsewhere, United regard the player as a key asset.

Moyes did close one transfer deal, Marouane Fellaini completed a £27 million move from Everton to Manchester United in the closing minutes of the transfer window.

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