Former Manchester United and Everton manager who is now in charge of Real Sociedad of Spain has revealed Manchester United were close to selling Wayne Rooney. Recall Chelsea was constantly being linked to the England striker in the summer of 2013 just after David Moyes took over from retired Sir Alex Fergusson.
Manchester United ended up keeping the striker and this David Moyes has revealed was due to him;
“I look at Wayne Rooney. I gave him his professional debut aged 16 and he’s now on the verge of breaking all Manchester United’s scoring records,” Moyes told the Sunday Times ( via goal.com ).
“It was only a short time ago that Wayne could have easily left United. But I always felt he was as good as any British player out there; wherever he plays, he’s a great footballer and, most importantly, he’ll always score goals.
“Now, I’m delighted for Wayne, because Chelsea were close to taking him. Jose (Mourinho) was interested but we wouldn’t do any business.
“I had to fight to make sure he stayed – and was at the heart again, of what Manchester United were going to be moving forward.”
In my opinion, Chelsea missing out on the striker in the summer fo 2013 was the main reason Chelsea did so badly in league and Europe in that year. Chelsea suffered greatly from not having a reliable striker as the trio of Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o all fumbled leaving Chelsea to rely on midfield stars such as Mata, Oscar and Hazard to deliver the goals. Wayne Rooney, 29, is a prolific striker and having at Chelsea would have made a world of difference. He has a total of 12 goals and 5 assists so far for Manchester United this season.