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David Moyes Predicts Wayne Rooney's Reaction to Sir Alex Ferguson's Book

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Wayne Rooney of England celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Poland at Wembley Stadium on October 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Matt CheethamCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2013

David Moyes has played down fears Sir Alex Ferguson's book will cause disruption to his squad and further unsettle Wayne Rooney, as Chris Wheeler reports in the Daily Mail.

Manchester United's former manager describes how the striker asked to leave Old Trafford, but—as Wheeler writesMoyes insists he has no concerns about any backlash from Rooney:

None. I think Wayne is completely focused on his football.

He has been since the first day of pre-season.  He is in good form, looking after  himself and playing well.

Moyes goes on to describe how United fans will cherish reading Ferguson's insight into his tenure at the club, and that he himself will read it in time.

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With Tuesday's highly anticipated publication, many expected a detailed account into Rooney's summer unrest at United, but Ferguson's account was a little inconclusive in the end.

He said the striker "asked away" but never claimed an official transfer request arrived at his desk, which has been Rooney's stance all along, per Wheeler.

Wheeler reports that sources close to the striker claim he's "unconcerned" by the book's revelations, which will clearly delight Moyes.

Manchester United face Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday hoping to bounce back after a disappointing home draw against Southampton, and Moyes will need Rooney free from further distraction.

While the England international appears calm about lengthy remarks in the publicationthat also criticise his poor natural fitnessfurther comments from his former manager may yet rile him.

As Matt Lawton, Ian Ladyman and Jack Gaughan write in the Daily Mail, Ferguson told Sky Sports that no transfer request came in due to potential loss of earnings:

This is the nub of it: in the regulations, in your contract, if you write a letter and ask away or say you have asked away, you lose all your signing-on fees.

He has never admitted that and never put in a written transfer request, which is what he has been sore at.

After a distant summer of continual speculation, Rooney's fine form has helped soothe his fractured relationship with supporters.

Given how key he is to United's current plight, it's unlikely he'll receive hostility from the fans, but this additional slant won't help his status at Old Trafford.

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