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Moyes challenges Rooney ahead of derby

David Moyes is hoping Rooney can keep up his outstanding form

By | 20th September 2013
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Manchester United manager David Moyes is hoping English striker Wayne Rooney will step up and score for the club this Sunday. United will travel across town to the Etihad on Sunday to face off against Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the season. Rooney has been in sensational form this year after a transfer saga with Chelsea this summer as United rejected two bids from the Blues and held on to Rooney, who has now scored three goals already this year.

Two of his goals came in United’s Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday and Moyes was happy to see him score, urging the 27 year old to try and do it again on Sunday.

“I think we just do it step-by-step,” Moyes said, according to ESPN.

“Just to see him score another two goals at the weekend will be the next step, just to keep his form going. I think he’s played well and we want him to maintain to it. If anything I am asking him to step up again and keep getting better.”

Moyes also commented on Rooney’s terrific work rate over the summer as he stayed fit and worked hard despite being heavily linked with a move to London. The United boss was pleased with the condition Rooney was in when he made his first appearance for the club in the second match of the season.

“We kept him working really hard,” Moyes said, according to ESPN.

“He kept himself working really hard I should say. He was in really good shape and I was impressed with the condition he was in and the way he worked in preseason. I think he is getting the fruits of that. He has worked hard and shown everyone what he can do.”

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