Man United’s David Moyes wants Wayne Rooney to ‘step up again’

Manchester United manager David Moyes wants striker Wayne Rooney to "step up again" in the derby on Sunday

David Moyes
David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson this summer Photo: The Sport Review

David Moyes wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to “step up again” in Sunday’s derby.

The 27-year-old scored his second and third goal of the season in a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Rooney, who was the subject of Chelsea interest in the summer, was out-of-action due to a head injury until his return against Crystal Palace last Saturday, netting a late free-kick.

Moyes is pleased with the fitness of his talisman and wants the England international to continue his form against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

“I think we just go step by step,” Moyes said.

“If he could score another two goals at the weekend that would be the next step forward wouldn’t it?

“He’s played really well and we want him to maintain that. If anything I’m asking him to step up again. I want him to keep getting better.

“Wayne trained really hard and was in great shape just before he damaged his hamstring in Thailand – I told you that but I don’t know if you all believed me. We thought he was going to be OK, but it wasn’t.

“We kept him working really hard. Well, he did that, I should say. He was in really good shape.

“I was really impressed with the condition he was in and the work he did in pre-season. He is getting the fruits of that. He’s worked hard and is showing everyone exactly what he can do.”

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