David Moyes Has First Press Conference as Man Utd Manager

David Moyes and Fergie

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.’