The first thing to do on David Moyes’ checklist is pretty obvious: what to do about Wayne Rooney? The irony is that he’s the man who unveiled, sold and sued Rooney being his boss once more will not be lost on either. Player and manager are understood to have had a agreement since comments in Rooney’s autobiography prompted Moyes to summon the lawyers, but the relationship is unlikely to ever be a warm one.
That does not matter. Managers and players do not have to get on to work together, the bigger problem appears to be Rooney's desire to leave Old Trafford. When he submitted his transfer request in late 2010 it was born of frustration at United seemingly being left behind by the wealth of Manchester City and success of Barcelona. In another ironic twist, Sir Alex Ferguson eventually acted on Rooney's demands and bought a top-class player, Robin van Persie, only for his arrival to lead to Rooney being replaced at the head of United's attack. Played out of position, on occasion left out completely, Rooney again asked to leave. Ferguson turned that down, presumably not wanting to force his successor's hand.