Coyle hopes Rooney stays at United
olton boss Owen Coyle feels Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are a "perfect fit" for one another and hopes he does not leave Old Trafford. Rooney's United career appears to be over after he released a statement yesterday confirming his desire to move on. His manager Sir Alex Ferguson is meeting with club chief executive David Gill about the matter today and Coyle wants to see it resolved in a way that means Rooney stays put. "I truly hope that Wayne Rooney remains a Manchester United player," Coyle said. "I think we all accept that he is having an indifferent time in terms of his form, but it only takes one touch and finish for that confidence to go pumping through his veins again and for him to show his quality, because he is truly an outstanding player. "I think Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are a tremendous fit and you don't want the best players leaving the Premier League. "If they can see it through, whatever the trouble is, and sort it out and he remains a Manchester United player, I will be delighted. "I think everyone in football will be, because they are an unbelievable club, one if not the biggest club in world football and you don't want to lose your best players - and he is certainly one of those. "Sir Alex has seen teams change over the years and built teams up again and hopefully they can sit and have a bit of dialogue and sort it out. "For me, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United go hand-in-hand, and you want that to continue and you want them to be strong." Rooney scored 34 goals in all competitions for United last season, form Coyle believes the 24-year-old can reproduce this term if he settles his differences with the club. "I just look at it and I think it is a perfect fit," Coyle said. "You only have to look at how Wayne Rooney played last year. He performed because he was at the top of his game and at a club he felt a big part of. "Yes, he has had a few trials and tribulations over the summer since the World Cup, but I think when he comes through on the other side of that, with the mental strength and everything that he will have gained from that, I would hope he would go on to show those performances again from last year." In his statement Rooney questioned United's ambition in recruiting new players, but Ferguson last night insisted the future is bright at Old Trafford, something Coyle agrees with. "Who am I to argue with one of, if not the best manager we have ever had?" Coyle said. "He has shown year after year that he knows that job inside out and how to get the best out of players. "That will continue, and you will see this year again - Manchester United will be challenging for all honours because of the quality they have. "Are they selective with the players they sign? Yes - and they are right to be so, because they try to get the cream. That is the type of player they have at the football club. "There is no doubt that they will get it right."
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