Moyes urges Rooney to challenge Best and Law
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has stated Wayne Rooney (right) is not for sale and challenged him to match the impressive goalscoring feats of club heroes.
Rooney's Old Trafford future has been the main topic among United fans since the beginning of May, when Alex Ferguson claimed the 27-year-old had demanded a transfer for a second time.
Though Ferguson's view of events has been challenged, the feeling has persisted that Rooney is looking for a move, even though he still has two years remaining on his contract.
That may still be the case, given Moyes avoided repeated questioning of whether the player he brought through the youth team ranks at Everton had indicated a willingness to remain at United.
However, it is clear any parting of the ways will not be made easy.
For, in his own assessment of the situation, Moyes repeatedly fell back on the status of great Red Devils of the past, and in particular the achievements of two members of the 'Holy Trinity' who were responsible for so much of the club's great history during Matt Busby's days.
"It is interesting to see Wayne is only 50 goals behind Bobby Charlton and 40 behind Denis Law," said Moyes. "We are looking to see how we get Wayne Rooney to get those goals which are going to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. I am more than happy to work with him to get success."
Charlton remains United's most prolific goalscorer, with 249. Law is second on the list with 237. Rooney ended last season with 197, behind only Jack Rowley in addition to the pair Moyes wants him to catch.
"When I went down to the training ground, I looked at the pictures of the legends that have played for this club," said Moyes.
"I could see George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I thought Wayne isn't too far away from that."