Moyes Defends Rooney

David Moyes has moved to defend his former player Wayne Rooney - insisting his critics should take a look at themselves before dishing out abuse.

The England international, who will make his FA Cup Final debut on Saturday, has been constantly lambasted ever since he announced himself to the footballing world in an Everton shirt two-and-a-half years ago.

During that time he has departed Goodison for Old Trafford in a deal that could be worth up to £30 million and Moyes, who was loathe to see him go, wants people to give him the time to develop both as a player and young man.

The Blues Boss said: "The attention is always going to be hard for him. Young boys have to grow up and we all go through the same things and have done the same things.

"The critics have probably done the same things as Wayne has. They are the people who should look into their consciences and realise this young boy is doing the same things as them and me when we were his age.

"Just because he is a very good footballer does not mean he should be treated the way he is being treated.''

Moyes was Rooney's original mentor and he feels he has played a small part in developing Rooney into one of the world's best young players.

The Goodison Chief also firmly believes that Rooney has helped him become a more experienced football coach and manager.

He added: "Wayne has become what everybody hoped he would become. We were desperate to keep him and I loved working with him.

"It was short but something I will always remember. He came on the scene as a very young player and I arrived as a very young manager and we both developed.

"He helped me and I hope in a small way he will think that I helped him as well.

"As a footballer he has become a tremendous all-round player, he can play in nearly every position on the pitch, including in goal.

"I have seen him in goal, he is very brave and a great talent. We wish he was still here. But we have moved on, he has moved on. Good luck to him."

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