30/08/2013 13:05, Report by Mark Froggatt

Rooney raring to go

David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is physically and mentally prepared to help Manchester United challenge for top honours this season.

The Reds striker made his first start of the campaign against Chelsea on Monday, earning rave reviews from fans at Old Trafford following a performance of great industry and verve. That outing was preceded by a similarly eye-catching cameo against Swansea City the previous weekend.

And when speaking to the media on Friday, Moyes didn’t hold back in his praise. “Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United. He was an up and coming great player as a young boy at Everton and his career has gone the way that people expected it to go.

“I felt he played very well the other night and he's looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too. We'll do everything we possibly can to keep that going and need him to keep performing well. At the moment, he's in good shape.”

During Friday’s press conference at the Aon Training Complex, Moyes was once again asked about Rooney’s future and, predictably, the boss reiterated the club’s stance that he is not for sale: “We told you and everybody else from day one, so I don't think there's anything else to add today.”

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