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20/09/2013 14:00, Report by G Thompson, A Marshall
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Reds duo in flying form

David Moyes has praised Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney for their fine form heading into Sunday's Manchester derby against City.

The duo were excellent in the 4-2 beating of Bayer Leverkusen, scoring three of the goals between them and also claiming an assist each. Valencia has, of course, reverted back to his old shirt number of 25 and sparkled down the right wing throughout the Champions League victory.

"He has done very well," stated Moyes. "They keep telling me that he needed to change his number so we got that changed for him! Sometimes, psychologically, it can make a difference to a player.

"Overall, I've been really pleased with him. I actually said to him today: 'You should be getting yourself seven or eight goals a season regularly.' He looked at me and squinted a bit! Hopefully he knows what I mean! I don't know how many he scored last season, I think it was only one or two [it was one - against West Ham]. He's got off to a good start and hopefully he’ll get close to the target I’d like to him get this season."

Rooney also excelled in the Champions League win in midweek and the boss was asked about the likelihood of the 200-goal striker signing a new contract.

"I think we just go step-by-step," he replied. "If he could score another two goals at the weekend that would be the next step forward wouldn't it and just keep his form going. I think he's played really well and we want him to maintain

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