Speaking ten years on from when the then 16 year-old Rooney burst onto the scene with a stunning winner against high-flying Arsenal Moyes said:
“I always say Wayne Rooney helped me as a manager. He got my name out there. I was the manager who was playing Wayne Rooney and for that I’ll always be grateful that Wayne was at Everton when I arrived. I was able to put him into the team and all the media and public saw one of England’s finest, if not their finest player. It helped my profile and I think it helped Everton as well. It drew more attention to them. I have a lot to be thankful to Wayne Rooney for, for being on the doorstep when I walked in here.”
Despite rumours Rooney had fallen out with his former boss Moyes was full of praise for his former star striker:
“I think he has gone on to be the player we hoped he would be. He has been an exceptional player, at the very top, for 10 years. He has won a European Cup and titles and other cups. It’s not his fault England aren’t doing as well as people would like. Generally England haven’t done that well for a long time.
“It has been interesting watching him develop. A lot of people said David Moyes couldn’t control or handle Wayne and he’d be better going off to Sir Alex at Manchester United, but I think Sir Alex has had his problems with him as well at times.”
Tellingly Moyes thinks Rooney who’s a life long Evertonian, could end up back in a blue shirt one day, noting:
“I would definitely welcome Wayne returning here. It’s in his blood,”
“But it’s probably more likely to be later on in his career. I think it might be something that he’d even welcome.”
United fans will be hoping that’s much, much later in his career.