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Moyes: Club Is Bigger Than Rooney

Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned that he won't let talk of Wayne Rooney's future overshadow the club.

The striker has been the centre of attention after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the England international had requested a transfer for a second time.

Moyes insisted that Rooney is not for sale after a number of clubs began showing interest but an early exit from their pre-season tour due to injury has again sparked speculation.

Moyes was having none of it though, saying "Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team, the club.

"We are talking about him now, and rightly so, but I won’t allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club."

Moyes also suggested that Robin van Persie will remain as the main striker upfront, though Rooney will play a major part in the season.

"Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible," he added.

"Wayne’s got a major part to play because we need to try and get him as many goals as we possibly can.

"It’s going to be a time to see how I work with him. Wayne, in a way, fits that as well. We need to see how it works. Maybe in a year’s time we might have to look at something else."

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