Soccer-Moyes offers straight bat on Rooney, purrs over Van Persie (Reuters)

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, July 19 (Reuters) – Manchester United manager David Moyes was in no mood to discuss Wayne Rooney’s future at the club on Friday but a week’s training in Australia has certainly convinced him of Robin van Persie’s value to the team. A comment made by the Scotsman to reporters in Thailand last weekend, to the effect that Rooney was important in case anything happened to Van Persie, has left the England striker “angered and confused” about his position at Old Trafford. …

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