Rooney’s con­tract

But United boss says new deal for star striker will get done

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Lon­don

Manch­ester United man­ager says he knows of no im­me­di­ate plans to re­ward Wayne Rooney’s fine form with the of­fer of a new con­tract.

Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes says that he knows of no im­me­di­ate plans to re­ward Wayne Rooney’s fine form with the of­fer of a new con­tract.

Rooney scored a brace as United twice came from be­hind to draw 2-2 at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the Pre­mier League on Sun­day — his ninth and 10th goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

The Eng­land striker was re­port­edly on the verge of leav­ing Old Traf­ford dur­ing the off­sea­son but has since re­dis­cov­ered his best form to keep United within reach of most of the early-sea­son pace­set­ters.

The 28- year- old’s cur­rent con­tract is due to ex­pire at the end of next sea­son, but Moyes said there is no press­ing need to tie him to a new deal.

Asked when the club might look to open dis­cus­sions with Rooney over his con­tract sit­u­a­tion, Moyes replied: “I don’t re­ally know. I think we’re fine, we’re just mov­ing on from the sum­mer.

“It’ll get done in due course and the ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple will talk when the time is right.”

A groin in­jury to Robin van Per­sie has obliged Moyes to re­cal­i­brate his at­tack in United’s last three games.

Rooney played along­side Javier Her­nan­dez in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Cardiff City, but he was fielded as a lone striker in both the 5-0 Cham­pi­ons League win at Bayer Lev­erkusen in mid-week and the draw at White Hart Lane.

Moyes was not able to of­fer an up­date on van Per­sie’s con­di­tion af­ter the game at Tot­ten­ham, mean­ing that Rooney could be asked to lead the line alone again when his for­mer club Ever­ton vis­its United on Wed­nes­day.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion also has con­cerns in cen­tral mid­field.

With Michael Car­rick in­jured and Ryan Giggs rested, Tom Clev­er­ley was paired with Phil Jones against the Spurs, but they strug­gled to give United a pres­ence in the game.

Moyes con­ceded that United lacked con­trol in that area of the pitch but he stood by the play­ers he se­lected.

“Re­cently the per­for­mances of Giggs and Car­rick ( were im­por­tant), so we were aware of that to­day ( Sun­day),” he said.

“We knew that could be some­where where we (could have prob­lems). But we’ve got two Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als and they’re both fine young play­ers. One’s 21 and the other’s about 24 now, so they’re both good play­ers.”

Spurs man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas was in a foul mood af­ter the game, clash­ing with a news­pa­per jour­nal­ist in his post-match press con­fer­ence and ac­cus­ing for­mer owner Alan Su­gar of pur­su­ing a “very driven agenda” af­ter he ques­tioned the Por­tuguese’s stew­ard­ship.

He also spoke out in de­fense of Span­ish striker Roberto Soldado, who was re­placed by Jer­main De­foe in the 72nd minute af­ter a fifth con­sec­u­tive game with­out scor­ing.

“He works very hard for the team, he works his socks off,” said Vil­las-Boas, whose side scored through a Kyle Walker free kick and a stun­ning 20-yard shot by San­dro.

“Ob­vi­ously strik­ers live off goals. It’s im­por­tant for Soldado to start find­ing the back of the net.

“That’s why we’ve been very, very pa­tient with him and we’ll con­tinue to do just that.”

Vil­las- Boas, who saw his team thrashed 6-0 at Manch­ester City in its pre­vi­ous league out­ing, also played down Bri­tish me­dia re­ports link­ing De­foe with a Jan­uary move to a Ma­jor League Soc­cer club.

“I’m ex­tremely happy with Jer­main De­foe’s per­for­mance,” he said.

“He came on to­day to try to help the team. He’s our top scorer right now in all com­pe­ti­tions, so he has my sup­port and I’m will­ing to keep him for the fu­ture.”

Tot­ten­ham’s next game is on Wed­nes­day at Lon­don ri­val Ful­ham, which on Sun­day dis­missed man­ager Martin Jol af­ter a run of five suc­ces­sive de­feats.

IAN KING­TON / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his sec­ond goal from the penalty spot dur­ing an English Pre­mier League match against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in Lon­don on Sun­day. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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