David Moyes received a lot of stick from Manchester United fans (including Usian Bolt) as well as the British media after deadline day for his inability to bring in new recruits, barring Marouane Fellaini, during the summer transfer window.
The Scot failed to secure several high-profile targets, including Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira and Wesley Sneijder, and there’s certainly some truth to the argument that his predecessor would have most likely made much better progress.
But amid all the Moyes negativity going around, the Red Devils’ most integral piece of business over the summer has been completely overlooked – keeping Wayne Rooney.
At the start of the summer, the England international seemed destined to be on his way out at Old Trafford, a mess on the most-part caused by Sir Alex Ferguson who had claimed Wazza Roo had handed in a transfer request, which the striker and the club later denied.
The 27 year-old would have seriously altered the balance of power in the Premier League if he’d jumped ship to Chelsea, and Moyes should be commended for his ability to bring Rooney back into the Manchester United fold at a point where it seemed too many bridges had been burned to do so.
The England man is already proving why he was worth holding onto at any cost, having recorded three goals and two assists in six Premier League appearances already this season, and netting a brace against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.
As soon as Robin Van Persie begins to hit form, the two will become the Premier League’s most formidable strike force once again, which is a vital asset in the tile race.