David Moyes insists injured striker Wayne Rooney will be fit for the start of the new season.
The future of the 27-year-old has been uncertain since Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he had asked to leave at the end of last season.
And his early flight home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour has done little to quell the speculation about his future.
Moyes told a Bangkok press conference: “I don’t foresee any problem with Wayne starting the season and being fit for then.
“He just felt his hamstring tighten, so we pulled him out and didn’t think anything of it.
“When we went to check it we saw a small grade one tear. We could maybe have taken him on to all the other places, but he couldn’t have played the games.”
Moyes was speaking in Bangkok ahead of United’s pre-season friendly against Singha all star XI tomorrow.
Writing on Facebook, Rooney said: “Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about.”
The Manchester United manager also had a message for Jose’ Mourinho, after the ‘Special One’ described Rooney as ‘a player I like very much’.
Moyes said: “People are entitled to talk about good players. I’m getting asked plenty of questions about Wayne.
“José has been asked about players as well. It’s hard to keep repeating myself but I will – Wayne is a Manchester United player and it will remain that way.”
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