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Rooney transfer saga goes on as United face Chelsea

Telegraph Sport: where the debate starts

With Graham Luney

Manchester United meet Chelsea tonight in a real heavyweight Premier League clash and no doubt Jose Mourinho will be loving the spotlight again.

The Chelsea boss was tipped to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford but United chiefs overlooked the 'Special One' and turned to David Moyes.

Mourinho and Moyes are now ferocious opponents, not just in the pursuit of some of the biggest prizes in world football.

The two bosses are involved in a very public battle for Wayne Rooney's affections but they share a common trait when it comes to transfer talk. You can smell the hypocrisy!

Asked if he had sympathy for Roberto Martinez's situation at Goodison Park, the former Everton boss said: "I definitely do. But I also know that if I'd been Everton manager and Sir Alex Ferguson had come asking for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, I'd have found it very difficult to keep them, because I always felt the right thing to do was what was right for the players." This is the same Moyes who is stopping an unhappy Rooney depart for Chelsea!

Everton fans can also recall when Moyes blasted Manchester City for their interest in Joleon Lescott four years ago. Meanwhile, Mourinho has suggested United should not be worried about selling Rooney to Chelsea, but this is the same Mourinho who is determined to reject any offers for defender David Luiz, despite the Brazilian international fancying a move to Barcelona.

Mr Pot meet Mr Kettle!

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