New Manchester United manager David Moyes has told Wayne Rooney is no uncertain terms that he now plays second fiddle to Robin Van Persie.
Moyes confirmed the England international’s place in the pecking order by saying that United would need him if Van Persie got injured.
He said: “Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him.”
The former Everton manager also hinted that the wantaway striker was on a 12-month trial before the champions would consider selling him or once again making him the club’s star striker.
Moyes added: “It’s going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne. Maybe in a year’s time we might have to look at something else.
“The first year, I have to get a chance to see the players and how best to use them.
“I’ve got to ensure it’s not just him and we don’t concentrate on him. Manchester United isn’t about Wayne; Manchester United is about the team, the club.”