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Manchester United boss David Moyes to assess Rooney fitness

Updated 15 Aug 2013 12:01:56

Manchester United boss David Moyes to assess Rooney fitness

David Moyes plans to assess the fitness of striker Wayne Rooney before deciding whether or not to include him in his first Barclays Premier League match as Manchester United manager.

Moyes' first summer at Old Trafford has been overshadowed by talk of Rooney's future, with the England international the subject of two rejected bids from Chelsea and said to be unhappy with comments made by the new manager during pre-season about his status within the squad.

Moyes insists the 27-year-old is not for sale, while injuries have restricted him from making a meaningful pre-season appearance for United.

He did turn out for England against Scotland on Wednesday night, though, and Moyes is keen to check out his condition before deciding on whether to involve him on Saturday.

"(There are) no more developments, we don't want any more, because we've told everybody he's not for sale," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think I need to see how he is when we get back. When I get back I will try and assess him. I watched the game last night, I thought for the 65 minutes he played he did well, ran around and got himself some fitness, but it was his first real outing in a competitive game."

Moyes' captain, Nemanja Vidic, is not concerning himself too much with talk of Rooney's future.

Rooney trained with United's reserves last week - the club said it was at his own request - and talk of a switch away refuses to go away.

"I think he has trained very well. He had a few small injuries in the last few weeks, but he has trained very well. He didn't have as many games but the season is long and I think he will deal with it," Vidic said.

"To be fair, I am not worried as much (about his future). Wayne is training well, the club is strong and know what they are doing. I have trust in the manager."


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