Manchester United Are Back Says Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney says his Manchester United side have finally clicked under David Moyes and are ready to prove their class when they face Arsenal this weekend.

Defending Premier League champions United are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions heading into Sunday’s Old Trafford showdown with the Gunners, who currently top the table.

United suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 24 years as Everton manager Moyes succeeded the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson after a quarter-century as Old Trafford boss.

But England striker Rooney said United’s improved recent run proved the players are now used to playing under Moyes and have bought into their manager’s way of thinking.

“We had a whole new set-up and different ideas from the manager,” said Rooney. “It’s up to us to try and implement those ideas as best we can. It was a bit of a change but we’re starting to show the things that the manager wants.

“Eight matches unbeaten is a good run. We’re confident at the minute, we’re getting more clean sheets and we’re playing with a freedom, if you like.

“We’re just looking forward to every game now.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Pallister believes Sunday’s encounter will tell us just where Moyes’ side stand after a difficult start to a season of transition.

“I guess it’s been middle of the road,” said Pallister on the Old Trafford side’s season so far. “You can’t get away from that.

“There have been a few disappointments but some good performances in there as well.

“Hopefully we’re starting to hit our straps a little bit as the last few games have been good and you’ve seen a decisive United side.

“But it’s going to be a big test come Sunday. This Arsenal team have started the season fantastically well and are playing great football with style and panache.

“They’ve still got their detractors out there who think they’re not good enough to win the title, but I don’t think Arsenal are going to be too far away.

“I think they’re a fantastic side, so it will be one hell of a titanic battle on Sunday. It will tell Manchester United a lot more about where they are this season.”

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