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Moyes: Van Persie Ahead of Rooney
Guardian, July 15th, 2013 4:51PM
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David Moyes has told Wayne Rooney that Robin van Persie is ahead of him in the Manchester United pecking order. In an interview with reporters on Monday, the former Everton coach said: "Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," Moyes said during United’s preseason tour in Thailand. "I want to be able to play the two of them, I want to use Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández as well. I want to give myself as many options as possible."

Meanwhile, United EVP Ed Woodward reiterated that Rooney was not for sale, and claimed that the club has no fear of letting the England striker’s contract run out. Woodward also said the club has no plans to open talks with Rooney, who is entering the final two years of his United contact this season.

Moyes added that the club could reassess its position on Rooney at the end of the season, “effectively informing him he is on trial,” the Guardiansaid. Nevertheless, Moyes said his aim was to bring the best out of the volatile striker, for both club and country. "If I can give [England coach Roy Hodgson] a really good Wayne Rooney, a confident Wayne Rooney, then that will benefit everybody," Moyes said.

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