Man United’s Wayne Rooney is an exceptional talent, says David Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes describes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as an "exceptional talent"

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Wayne Rooney has scored 12 Premier League goals this term Photo: The Sport Review

David Moyes has hailed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as an “exceptional talent”.

The Everton manager is set to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this summer, with his first challenge keeping the England international at the club.

Ferguson revealed Rooney had a transfer request rejected by the Red Devils last week after the outgoing manager dropped the forward for the 2-1 win against Swansea on Sunday.

Moyes, who is set to sign a six-year deal on 1 July, sold Rooney to United in a £26m deal in 2004, and the 50-year-old has remained a big admirer of the former Everton youth graduate.

“When he left Everton, he was already an outstanding player,” Moyes told the Telegraph.

“Some of the things he used to do in training, we would stand back and look at each other as if to say, ‘How did he do that?’ He was and is an exceptional talent.

“Wayne was brilliant in some of the stuff he did. He was football mad. Every training session he would run out, volleying the ball everywhere. Staff would exchange glances that suggested, ‘Can you believe that?’

“Wayne was the last of the classic street footballers. As a 16-year-old he could have left training and then gone out into the street with his pals, thinking nothing of it. You would see him in the street, hitting a ball against the walls.

“Part of that culture has gone but, coming from Glasgow, I knew what it was like. He was the last of that kind of player I have worked with.”

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