Wayne Rooney Comments on Issues with Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United
While Manchester United fans may be frustrated with first-year head coach David Moyes through seven Premier League matches this season, club superstar Wayne Rooney is content with Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement, according to The Telegraph's Henry Winter.
Rooney, who felt stymied by Ferguson's coaching decisions last season, admits that he is once again "happy" at Old Trafford, mainly because Moyes is playing him in his preferred role up front, as opposed to in midfield or out wide, per Winter:
Everyone at the club knew that’s where I wanted to play. That’s why I was disappointed because I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to but I’d always go in and try to help the team. There had to come a point where for my own career I had to be a bit selfish really.
As a result of his new-found happiness, Rooney had only encouraging things to say regarding his future with United, per Winter: "You can see I’m playing and I’m happy in my football, I’ll have more discussions with the club and we’ll see what happens from there."
Unfortunately, Rooney's content with Moyes hasn't translated into success for United this season. The Red Devils have picked up just 10 points through seven league matches this season and find themselves in ninth place in the league table, six points back of leaders Arsenal and Liverpool.
Individually, however, Rooney is off to a strong start with three goals and two assists in six Premier League appearances.
The 27-year-old also broke down the tactical moves that Ferguson made a season ago that forced him to grow apart from the longtime United boss, per Winter:
I actually felt when I played midfield I did OK but I didn’t want to play there. I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening. I can play midfield. Maybe when I’m a bit older, losing my legs a bit, I can go back there.
Rooney scored just 16 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils in 2012-13, a disappointing follow-up effort to his 34 goals in 44 matches the season before.
But Rooney's happiness extends beyond the lineup changes and off the pitch as well, where he and his wife have welcomed a new child to their family:
David Moyes has come in and he’s playing me up front and I’m enjoying it. I really have been happy all summer. From the outside looking in, it might not seem like it but I’ve been settled. My wife had a new child and I’ve been really happy and focused and I’m just delighted to be back playing and injury-free and fit.
Will Wayne Rooney finish with at least 50 career goals for England?
The Liverpool native is also confident he can become the first English player to score 50 goals for the national team. He has 36 goals in 84 career appearances for the senior national squad since 2003, but hopes to improve his scoring rate on the international stage in the years to come.
"I’m actually a bit disappointed with my record. I feel I should’ve scored more for England," he said. "If I keep playing, keep scoring and trying to help the team, I believe I can get to that 50-goal mark, which would be an unbelievable achievement."
Rooney's next chance to add to his international goal count will likely come on Friday when England hosts Montenegro in a World Cup 2014 qualifier at Wembley Stadium in London.
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