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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney insists the team will return to the top after signing his new deal at the club, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
The England international has committed himself to the club until 2019 with his new contract, but he is convinced the current disappointing season at the club is merely a blip when asked about the possibility of missing out on the Champions League this year, according to the article:
It's not a massive concern for me.
This is because I know the direction this club is going in and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season.
Let's not forget we still have a chance this year. Some of the other teams are playing well, but we have a strong squad here and if we have a positive end to the season then who knows what can happen.
The future is bright for Manchester United, this is still one of the world's leading clubs. We've seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January.
People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world's best players, but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true.
Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required) reports that Moyes told Rooney he had "gone soft" before he joined the club in the summer.
Before I’d actually come in here, I’d met Wayne privately a couple of times, to talk about his situation.
I remember when he came to see me. He came up to my house. I said to him ‘If you ask me what’s missing... I think you’ve gone a bit soft’.
I thought he hadn’t been the hard-working, aggressive player he was. But now in games people are saying ‘look at the effort he’s putting in’.
It’s his work-rate, not just for himself, but for the team.
However, Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express claims Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is being viewed as a future replacement for Moyes.