Man United transfers: Moyes explains decision to start Rooney on bench

David Moyes expressed his delight at seeing Wayne Rooney get a run-out as Manchester United eased to a 4-1 victory at Swansea

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Wayne Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals last season Photo: bwin

David Moyes expressed his delight at seeing Wayne Rooney get a run-out as Manchester United eased to a 4-1 victory over Swansea City in their Premier League opener.

The 27-year-old, whose future has been a source of speculation this summer as he continues to be linked with a transfer to Chelsea, came on as a substitute and played the final half-hour at the Liberty Stadium.

Rooney, who is reported to have handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season, set up Danny Welbeck’s second goal as the defending champions kicked off their campaign in style.

And Moyes was pleased to see the England international get some much-needed game time after an injury-hit pre-season.

“He got 65 minutes in the game against Scotland the other night and I felt that he could do a job today if he got a chance to come on,” Moyes told Sky Sports.

“He’s not ready yet physically because he’s not done enough training and obviously that hasn’t changed much except for him getting a bit more match practice.

“But he came on and made a great run for Robin’s goal and played Danny in for his goal, so it will be good for Wayne to get those minutes on the pitch.”

He added: “I think people know good players, and Wayne’s a good player. Everybody wants those players in their team and we’re delighted to have Wayne playing.”

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