Sunday, 22 September 2013

David Moyes To Unleash His Lethal Strikers On City

David Moyes is warning Manchester City to prepare for a killer blow from his "lethal" strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

robin_van_PersieRooney's return to form this season has given the Reds a cutting edge to freeze the blood of opponents.

And after spending hours on the training ground working with the pair, Moyes is ready to unleash the fearsome duo on the City as he plots victory in his first Manchester derby.

He said: "At the moment by playing the two of them, we're trying to get a mix which we know to be lethal.

"We are doing quite a lot of work with them, working together.

"We want to try and make it a partnership where people are saying: My goodness, this is tough to play against.

"I don't want to exclude Chicharito or Danny Welbeck but a really in-form Robin and a really in-form Wayne Rooney makes it a really difficult partnership to play against, that's for sure.

"I think if you were coming up against that partnership in the Premier League, you've got a concern.

"I think there's other good centre-forwards in the league, but I think we offer a different dilemma to opposition defences if you're seeing Robin and Wayne Rooney up front.

"The two of them could easily be 20-goal-a-season forward players and if we can get that, it will go a long way to seeing where we finish at the end of the season."

Moyes' optimism is based on watching Rooney shake off his stupor of last season and put his transfer demands behind him to return to the eye catching form that saw him dominate the Premier League for much of his time at Old Trafford.

His two goal performance in the win over Bayer Leverkusen in midweek was enough to see Sir Alex Ferguson voice his approval - just months after appearing to want to turf Rooney out of the club.

Ferguson's decision to speak out was viewed as an olive branch to Rooney by United observers.

But Moyes was comfortable that his predecessor's vocal intervention in one of his most pressing problems - keeping Rooney onside - was not interference.

“No. None whatsoever," he said. "In fact, I welcome it. I speak to him once a week. I pop into see him after the game and say hello. 

"He’s a director now and I’m going to use his advice. Why would I not do that? I’d be a fool not to. I’m happy for him to be here. 

"There’s no interference whatsoever because he knows what it is to be a manager. He knows you have to get on with the job yourself.

“I thought Sir Alex just talked about how the boy played in the game. I think he said exactly what his eyes told him. I don’t think it was an olive branch.

"I think he just saw a Wayne Rooney full of desire, determination, turning and beating people, committed, who scored a couple of good goals, his running for the team.

"I think Sir Alex just said what he saw. I don’t think it was anything to do with anything else. He spoke as a football man, just saying what he’d seen."

Moyes needs Rooney at his best if he is to secure a victory that will go a long way to easing uncertainly about his moderate start to life at United.

Results have been patchy and transfer dealings almost non-existent since he arrived from Everton.

But he knows derby wins can change perceptions, having been involved in Glasgow match ups with Celtic as a player and Merseyside battles as Toffees boss.

He said: "I think the team have played quite well and in a couple of games not got the results we've merited. If you actually said how Manchester United have played, I think in the main we've been good.

"We could have scored a couple more goals in some games. We're just beginning to get Wayne into form. Wayne missed the game at Anfield because of the cut on the head.

"We'd played him in the game against Chelsea where it was 0-0, and we were a bit unfortunate not to get anything out of the Liverpool game.

"I think just trying to get those partnerships working, it's going to take a little time as well."

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