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Mourinho blames it on Moyes

LONDON, Aug 26, 2013, Reuters: 22:29 IST
Chel-sea manager Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes should shoulder the blame for Wayne Rooney’s desire to leave Old Trafford after suggesting he was a second-choice striker.

The clubs were to meet in the Premier League on Monday night, with Chelsea’s pursuit of the unsettled forward adding spice to the early season clash between the two title contenders.

Chelsea have made two bids for the England international and have not ruled out making a third, with Rooney reportedly upset by comments Moyes made in pre-season that he would have to play second-fiddle to Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

“They are against me?” Mourinho was reported as saying by The Guardian newspaper on Monday, when asked whether he would get an angry reaction from the United crowd.

“But I didn't say (to Rooney) you will be a second-choice for me. And they are against me? We are trying to get a player that a manager told ‘You will be a second option’ for him. We are not going for Van Persie.

He was then asked if Moyes should take the blame, to which he replied: “Of course.”

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