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Moyes: Rooney in good shape

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed Wayne Rooney is "mentally in good shape" ahead of Sunday's trip to Liverpool.

Rooney completed his first game of the season against Chelsea on Monday, after which he thanked the United fans for their support.

Since then, Chelsea have signed Samuel Eto'o, which seems to have ended any chance of Rooney leaving for Stamford Bridge ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday night.

And now he is preparing for one of United's biggest games of the season.

"Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United," said Moyes.

"I felt he played very well the other night and he's looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too."

Moyes declined to enter into further discussion on Rooney, preferring instead to underline the stance United have taken throughout the summer.

"We told you and everybody else from day one so I don't think there's anything else to add today," he said.

Moyes was no more forthcoming on United's pursuit of new players.

The club have had another bid rejected by Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this week.

And reports have emerged from Spain about a failed attempt to sign Anders Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

"I wouldn't disclose any names, just let the clubs deal with it and we'll try and do it on a professional manner," said Moyes, when asked specifically about Herrera.

And of Baines and Fellaini, two men he knows so well from their time together at Everton: "I wouldn't tell you."

But with speculation also surrounding Daniele de Rossi, and even Kaka, who has been told he can leave Real Madrid, it promises to be the busiest countdown to a transfer window closing since Sir Alex Ferguson paid a club record £30.75million to sign Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.

"I don't know how busy it's going to be but it's a busy football market," said Moyes.

"It might be busy in the next few days and I hope we do a little bit of business but I couldn't guarantee that."

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