Wayne Rooney poised for crunch talks

Sir Alex Ferguson and his replacement David MoyesDavid Moyes will wait until after Manchester United’s last game of the season on Sunday before trying to persuade Wayne Rooney to stay.

The new United boss is not officially due to take over the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson until July 1st, but it seems that the Scot will be at Old Trafford next week following this weekend’s Premier League season finale at West Brom.

And Moyes’ immediate task will be to sort out the future of England international striker, Rooney, who has asked for a transfer out of the club in this summer transfer window.

Ferguson confirmed on Sunday that Rooney had put in a request to leave and also asked not to be involved in United’s final home game of the season against Swansea.

The veteran Scot feels Rooney is not happy after being substituted in five games over the past two months, including the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. However Ferguson added that if Rooney was in his best form then he would not have been taken off in key games.

Ferguson has helped Moyes by insisting that Rooney, who is set to finish on 16 goals in all competitions this season – his joint lowest tally since joining the club in 2004 – is not for sale.

Therefore Moyes, who gave Rooney his big break in the Premier League in 2002 and then sold him to United nine years ago, will get to work on telling the player that he will be an integral part of his plans going into next season in order to persuade him that his future lies at the Theatre of Dreams.

And, with United unlikely to sell Rooney to a rival Premier League side, it is being claimed he would perform a U-turn and stay put, particularly as reports claim he wants to remain in England for the birth of his second child.

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