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Manchester United boss hails Rooney wondergoal

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Manchester United manager David Moyes praised Wayne Rooney for scoring one of the goals of the season against West Ham on Saturday afternoon - but refused to comment on whether it was better than David Beckham's iconic strike against Wimbledon in 1996.

Moyes admitted that Rooney's opener - an audacious 45-yard effort - was "like David Beckham's goal" but stopped short of saying it was better than the former Manchester United and England superstar's strike in his post-match press conference.

"It was brilliant. It was great technique, from a player who is capable of doing that sort of thing." Moyes told reporters. "He is a top top player with great technical ability. His awareness in knowing where the goalkeeper was was amazing and then to execute it was superb."

The Manchester United boss did, however, concede that in a strange way he preferred Rooney's second goal - a close-range tap-in - because it showed he was getting in the right positions in the absence of Robin van Persie, who could miss the rest of the season after being stretchered off with a knee injury against Olympiakos on Wednesday.

Manchester United's front-four - comprised of Rooney, Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Ashley Young - produced some super inter-play, but Moyes insisted that "nobody prospers from Robin's injury" when questioned.

The Scot, who now prepares for Tuesday's Premier League clash against local rivals Manchester City, also heaped praise on Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini for carrying out their defensive duties to good effect, but admitted he was disappointed that his side failed to score more goals.

Meanwhile, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce described Rooney's effort as "one of the best goals you'll see this season."

And Rooney himself was quoted by Manchester United's Twitter account as saying that, in his opinion, his goal was even better than Beckham's.

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