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David Moyes delays decision on whether to field Wayne Rooney against Tottenham

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 January, 2014, 11:25am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 January, 2014, 11:31am
 

 

Manchester United manager David Moyes will make a late decision on Wayne Rooney’s fitness ahead of Wednesday’s match against Tottenham.

England striker Rooney missed the 1-0 win at Norwich on Saturday due to a groin injury but remains doubtful for the meeting with Tim Sherwood’s side at Old Trafford.

Rooney did not train with the squad on Tuesday and Moyes, who is still without Robin van Persie due to a thigh injury, will make a decision on his attack in the hours before the match.

He said: “We’ll need to wait and see. He didn’t train [on Tuesday] so we’ll assess it [on Wednesday] and see how he is.”

On Van Persie, Moyes added: “He’s not quite ready yet we don’t think but hopefully he won’t be too far away.”

Moyes is hoping to add new players in the January transfer window but acknowledges it is still a difficult time to make signings.

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini was United’s only summer signing and despite picking up six consecutive victories, Moyes is still on the look-out for new players.

But he has warned that supporters should not expect widespread additions.

He added: “We’re always looking to add players if we can but I’m not sure that January is a brilliant month to do business. We’ll be out there looking like I’m sure everyone else will be.”

After half a season in the job, Moyes believes his team could be better placed in the Premier League but is content with their performance in the cups.

He also believes he and his staff know the squad far better than his early weeks in charge.

We’re always looking to add players if we can but I’m not sure that January is a brilliant month to do business
David Moyes

 

Moyes said: “If you were only assessing the Premier League I’d like it to be better but if you’re assessing things like cup games and things like that then I think we’ve done okay.

“We’d like to be in a better league position and we’ll keep trying to do that.

“I think we’ve got a better idea than the opening months we were here but that comes with time and experience and the more we work with the players the more we get to know them and hopefully the better we understand them but certainly we’re much closer to that.

“I don’t think anyone’s jumping up and down because we’ve won six games in a row. It’s what’s expected here.”

With Rooney and Van Persie both potentially absent from the game against Sherwood’s team, Danny Welbeck will probably be United’s main goal threat.

The England forward, 23, has scored four goals in his last five appearances and Moyes has been pleased with his progress.

He also maintains that Welbeck’s role will not be diminished once Rooney and Van Persie are playing regularly again.

“Danny’s always been in and around the team. He played a lot of games last season and was an important player.

“He came through the academy system here so we’re always delighted to keep promoting and pushing our own boys. He’s stepped up again.

“He’s got a big season ahead because he’ll be hoping to go to the World Cup with England and play a part. I think [England manager] Roy [Hodgson] sees him as an important part to his team and we see him as a big part here at Manchester United.

“If he keeps producing the goals that’ll be great.

“Danny plays quite a lot on the left for us so he can play through the middle or on the left so he’s a versatile player as well as a very good player so we can use him in several positions and there have been games where we’ve played all three of them.”

 

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