Wayne Rooney Joins Manchester United 200 Club
Wayne Rooney has joined the Man United 200 club by scoring his 200th goal for Manchester United in Tuesday evening’s 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Rooney is in topform this season and scored two goals as well as created the fourth for Antonio Valencia, as United battled to victory in David Moyes’ first Champions League game as new manager of United.
After the win, Rooney was asked whether he is settled at Old Trafford after a summer of speculation.
‘Listen, I’m concentrating on my football as I have done all summer. I’ve put my head down, worked hard to get myself fit for the season. I’m pleased with the way I have come back and delighted that I am scoring goals.’
Roo is only the fourth United player to score 200 goals for the club with Tuesday’s brace against Bayer Leverkusen.
‘I’m happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals – and long may that continue,’ Rooney said.
‘It’s a great honour for me to have scored 200 goals for a club like Manchester United. When you look at the list of top scorers I’m only the fourth player in the club’s history to have reached this number after Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.
‘It’s certainly something I’m very proud of. My main aim is always to help the team win games and if I score that’s a bonus. Hopefully there are still a few more goals to come from me yet.’
‘The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot,’ added Rooney. ‘I want to thank the fans for that.
‘The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top-drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances.’
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Super star striker Wayne Rooney spoke of his pride after becoming the fourth United player to score 200 goals for Manchester United with a brace against Bayer Leverkusen.
Starting the seasonRooney has been in terrific form, with his two goals helping United to a 4-2 win over Leverkusen in their opening match of their 2013-14 Champions League campaign.
‘I’m happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals – and long may that continue,’ Rooney said.
Rooney was asked about his relationship with new manager, David Moyes.
"He's a great manager and thoroughly deserves this job because of what he did at Everton. It's good to work under him and hopefully be successful together.
"I feel great. The training is a bit different under the new manager. I remember it from Everton. It's more intense. That's helping me. I feel good and am glad to be out playing.
"I have put my head down and worked hard and tried to do everything right. I have tried to show the right attitude. I have always felt that's a really important thing to do. That's paying off for me on the pitch. I feel fit and ready to do well."
The 200th goal of his United career means that Rooney is 50 short of Sir Bobby Charlton's 40-year-old club record.
"It's always a challenge. It's a massive football club and it's amazing how long that record has stood for. So it's great to get to 200. That's a great honour and I'm really proud of that. To be edging closer to [Charlton's record] is great. The most important thing for me was to get back playing and get among the goals."
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Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Manager Manchester United
David Moyes Has First Press Conference as Man Utd Manager
Moyes, 50, has joined United on a six-year contract after 11 years at FC Everton.
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One of the first questions Moyes was asked if whether or not Wayne Rooney would stay at United.
'Wayne is not for sale,' he said. 'He's a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player.'
'We have spoken several times. Whatever happened before with Wayne we are working together now. I’ve seen a glint in his eye, he looks happy and he looks like he is going to knuckle down. I’m looking forward to working with him and he won’t be for sale.
'There was a private meeting between Wayne and Sir Alex. I am moving on now. I don't know what was said in that private meeting. As far as I am concerned, I am looking forward to getting Wayne Rooney to the right level.
'He has come back in good shape and he’s excellent in the training sessions.'
‘I think if I was Wayne, you would look at the legends who have played at this club. You see their pictures at the training ground - George Best, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane, I could go on. And I thought to myself, Wayne is not too far away from that. It isn't too difficult to get the goals and if he could do that, he would be seen in the same light as those people.
‘What we're looking to do is see how we can get Wayne Rooney scoring those goals, which will challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law's numbers.
‘We are working and trying everything to get Wayne to the level where we think he should be. Not only that, this country will have a World Cup to play in next year, so for everybody’s benefit, we are trying to get him back to the Wayne Rooney we all know.’
Moyes told the story of how he was offered the job of manager by Sir Alex Ferguson.
‘It was a strange situation,’ Moyes said. ‘I had no idea whatsoever. I knew nothing until Ferguson gave me a call and asked me to come to his house. I was expecting him to say he was taking one of my players at Everton.
‘But the first thing he said was “I’m retiring”. I asked when and he said “next week!”. His next words were, “You’re the next Manchester United manager”. I didn’t get a chance to say yes or no. I was told I was the next United manager and that was enough.
‘I was incredibly privileged but it was more shock. The blood drained from my face. But I always hoped I would be a consideration.’
‘I’m looking forward to him sitting behind me in the director’s box,’ said Moyes. ‘I’ve got to say he is someone I will use for advice.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson will never go away. His statue his here and his name is on the stand. It is impossible to match him and do it for 26 years at this level. I don’t think there will be another manager who will do it for that long. His achievements means there are no better.
'Time will tell on the future. Any football manager wants to manage here. All I can do is what David Moyes has done before. I will definitely continue the traditions of Manchester United but put my own stamp on the club.
‘I am fortunate to take over champions of England. Success is tattooed across badge of this club. This job is about winning trophies and it is something I am wanting to do. It will not change me, I’m determined to try to get the first one on the board.
‘I am inexperienced in a lot of things. There are some brilliant managers who could have taken this role but the biggest confidence I can take is Sir Alex Ferguson telling me he wanted me for this role.
‘I hope he is sitting in the directors box. I have already called him two or three times for some advice.’
‘I will try to have players in before the tour but I would not like to say yes,’ he said. ‘The way the transfer window is things might be done later. Not everything will be done straightaway.
‘I would never speak about players at other clubs. I would try to answer as many questions as I can. This club is always interested in the best players.
‘I’ve only been the manager since July 1. This club will always go for the best players and will always go for the best young players.
‘We tried to introduce players at Everton the best we could, and it’s in the DNA here to bring in our own players from the youth set-up.’
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United have named 40 year old Giggs as player-coach and 36 year old Neville as their new first-team coach at Old Trafford.
"I'm delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player-coach," said new United manager David Moyes.
"It's no secret I've been taking my qualification. I see this as the first step in my future career," replied Giggs. "It's a great privilege to be appointed as player-coach. I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long.
"I'm really looking forward to working alongside David and the team."
After his 22nd season with the club, midfielder Giggs signed a new one-year deal in March which will run until June 2014. To date, Giggs has earned 13 league titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles.
The former Wales skipper captained Great Britain at last summer's London Olympics.
"His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game," said Moyes. "His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I'm sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role."
Phil Neville came through the ranks at United, played under Moyes at Goodison Park and left Eerton at the same time as the Scot. Neville earned 59 England caps during his playing career - winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one Champions League crown at Old Trafford.
"When David Moyes called to give me this opportunity, I couldn't resist. I gave my all when I played for Everton but it is no secret that this club is in my heart," said Neville.
The updated coaching crew at United is made up mostly of staff who worked under Moyes at Everton.