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Wayne Rooney made an emotional call to David Moyes after his sacking

27 Apr 2014, 17:37 IST
David Moyes and Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United’s Scottish manager David Moyes (R) and Manchester United’s English forward Wayne Rooney taking part in a team training.

The day after a manager is sacked is generally hard on the players, however, that was not the case at Old Trafford as most of the senior Manchester United players were delighted with the sacking of the Scot.

Wayne Rooney, on the other hand, was unhappy with chief executive Ed Woodward’s decision, and according to Steve Bates of the Mirror, made an emotional phone call to thank Moyes immediately after he discovered that the latter had been let go.

Rooney has been a keen supporter of Moyes since his Everton days, and insists that it was the players who are to be blamed, not the manager.

“We’re the ones on the pitch, we have to take a lot of responsibility [for Moyes leaving],” Rooney told reporters. “We’ve had a tough week and there’s been a lot of negativity towards us as a team. We were hurt by that and we wanted to put that right. It’s important for us to end the season well.”

Manchester United won their first game under interim manager Ryan Giggs against Norwich with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

There has been mixed reactions all over England post Moyes’ sacking with online betting site Paddy Power going a step forward as they installed a 11ft tall bronze statue of the former United boss.

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