Man United boss David Moyes thrilled to see return of ‘old’ Wayne Rooney

Manchester United manager David Moyes is thrilled to see Wayne Rooney rediscover his hunger and passion this season

Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half year deal Photo: Nike

David Moyes has admitted that he wanted to rekindle the “old” Wayne Rooney when the Scot took charge of Manchester United last summer.

The 28-year-old striker signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with the Red Devils after a strong start to the season despite United’s poor form.

There were a lot of days the fans had to be put through talk of ‘Rooney will be leaving’ but not for a minute was it ever right

David Moyes

Rooney has already scored nine Premier League goals after managing a disappointing 10 strikes in an injury-hit campaign in 2012/13.

And Moyes is happy to see Rooney back to his hungry and rugged best after unearthing the England international during his reign at Everton before selling the forward to United in 2004.

“It was one of the things I thought may have been missing a little bit when I came in,” Moyes told United’s website.

“I thought ‘Come on Wayne, go back to the old Wayne Rooney’… rugged, hungry and really committed and with an edge in his play.

“He had that and I think when you try to take that out of someone it doesn’t work. I think Wayne needs it. He’s been great from day one.

“There were a lot of days the fans had to be put through talk of ‘Rooney will be leaving’ but not for a minute was it ever right.”

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