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Dave Whelan believes an impossible job has been made even harder for David Moyes by Wayne Rooney’s .
Moyes’ succession of Sir Alex Ferguson at has not gone smoothly, with Rooney desperate to quit the champions.
AndWigan chairman Whelan, who never shirks when asked his opinion on football’s hottest issues, reckons that Moyes must turn to Fergie to solve the crisis.
insists that the England striker will not be sold – after inheriting a problem caused by Ferguson’s flawed claim that Rooney had asked for a transfer towards the end of last season.
Whelan said: “David is a good manager, but it is going to be seriously tough for him to replace Sir Alex.
“Davidhas a lot of experience, managing a big club like Everton, but he’s now at Manchester United and they are absolutely massive.
“Not only that, he is replacing the very best. That would be hard for anybody.
“Whathas happened with Rooney has made it even harder. David is his own man,but, if I was him, I would go to Sir Alex and ask him what to do with Rooney.
“There’s nothing wrong in taking advice from Fergie. He has proved over the years that heis right most of the time, so there would be nothing wrong in consulting him.
“And Fergie knows Rooney a lot better than David will ever know him. Unitedhave a right to do whatever they want with the player because he still has a couple of years left on his contract.
“What they need to do now is either sell him or settle him back down.
“Forme, though, it’s gone too far this time.” Whelan insists that he would never stand in the way of a player who wanted to leave Wigan – as long as he could strike the right financial deal for his club.
Andhe reckons that, if United can strike a deal with Chelsea, they should take it, based on the 27-year-old’s performances last season.
Whelanis hoping his Wigan side can add to United’s woes in today’s Community Shield at Wembley. He said: “I personally feel that Rooney is getting bad advice.
“Heis at one of the finest clubs in the world and he’s earning a fortune, so what else does he want? Where can he find a better club? Where can heget more money? Where can he play that’s better than Old Trafford.
“If he wants to be loved, then he’s got to score goals – and then they will love him at United.
“If I am being perfectly honest, he went off last season. The last 12 or 14 games, the lad went off.
“He lost that sparkle. It seemed that his will to win had gone.
“He was being lazy, not grafting, he wasn’t running round.
“And whether it was because the other lad [Robin van Persie] was getting the limelight, I don’t know.”
Whelan added: “If we could beat United at Wembley, it would be a major blow for them. I am sure even David would admit that. It’s been seriously difficult for him to pick up the reins from Fergie.
“We shouldn’t be surprised. I remember how difficult it was for United when Matt Busby retired.
“David Moyes is a very seasoned manager. He’s got ability, he’s got a brilliant attitude towards the game.
“I think that he’s a great man, he was the right choice and I think he’ll do very well.
“But I tell you what – the Community Shield is a lot bigger for Manchester United than it is for Wigan Athletic.”