Bangkok: David Moyes has shown the first signs of exasperation as Manchester United boss because of the rivals’ interest in Wayne Rooney.

Rooney may be back home in England as his pre-season tour ended after less than 24 hours with a grade one hamstring tear that will keep him on the sidelines for upto three weeks. But the questions about his future keep on coming.

In the latest instance the trigger was a comment from Jose Mourinho, who landed in Bangkok and took even less time than Rooney was in the country to make his presence felt.

While Mourinho said it was not proper to talk about the player of another club, neither was he prepared to stay silent.

“You know me. It is not in my character to speak to you with a little bit of hypocrisy. I always say what I think and, being fast and direct, I like him very much,” said Mourinho.

“Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I have said ‘Wayne Rooney is not for sale’. I have really covered all the things on Wayne,” David Moyes said.

It was typical Mourinho mischief making around a player who could end the debate immediately should he so wish by confirming he intends to remain at Old Trafford.

Yet Moyes did not see the Chelsea manager’s comments in those terms. “People are entitled to talk about good players,” he said.

(Agencies)

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