Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has praised new manager David Moyes after a difficult start to the season and, whilst he was unsettled in the summer, it appears the player increasingly being won over by the new manager.
In reference to Moyes and United's performances, Rooney said, “obviously the manager is under a bit of pressure, but we know as a team it’s us who have let him down. We have to pull together for the manager and show the sort of fight we have done here and we’ll be fine.
"This will be a transition season, because it’s a new manager with different styles and we have to adapt to them. More importantly we need to do better for him than we have been.”
The former Everton player has come a long way from a period in the summer when it seemed that he was almost certainly going to leave the club, with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea the most likely destination.
With Rooney saying that he and the other players are going to have to "adapt" to Moyes' style, it sounds as though he is settling down and looking ahead into the future with the Red Devils. He now knows that he can be one of Manchester United's greatest ever players.
With 202 goals for United, Rooney sits just 47 goals away from Bobby Charlton in first place on United's all time scoring list. He surely knows that if he stays put, he will break that record.
If Rooney's United career ended now, he would already be remembered as a club great, but his image would also be tarnished because he would most likely be playing for a Premier League rival. If he sees out his career at Old Trafford, he will undoubtedly be amongst the top three greatest United players of all time. All the signs are now positive, the player is playing brilliantly, scoring and providing.
Also, if he maintains his form Rooney is set to be a major part of a team that is being rebuilt. He could easily be one of the major components in a future side that is remembered for winning the Double or the Treble, just as Teddy Sheringham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham are remembered.
It is in his interests to stay, and by all indications, he will do.
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