Football: DAVID MOYES EXCLUSIVE: WE MISS WAYNE DESPITE THE PAIN.

Byline: Steve Bates

DAVID MOYES admits he’d rather have Wayne Rooney than the pounds 27million Manchester United coughed up, writes STEVE BATES.

“But if Sir Alex Ferguson does that he’s not questioned.

“When I left him on the bench for his own development or played him wide I was criticised.

“Even though the stuff surrounding the lad was driving me mad I’d gladly go through it all again to have him sitting here today, leading us into the Champions League.

“At times I couldn’t win when it came to Wayne. When he didn’t play well it was said the players around him weren’t good enough.

Facing a debut Champions League campaign and another crazy Premiership rollercoaster, Moyes needs a touch of genius – and knows he would have got it from Rooney.

“But Wayne, myself and Everton have all moved on and, in our own ways, done well.

“And when Everton did play well it was mainly to do with Wayne - I couldn’t win.

“Would he have still left with us in the Champions League? I guess we’ll never know the answer.”

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“But that doesn’t stop me wishing he was still here or wondering what might have been if he’d just stayed another year.

Moyes said: “It was a nightmare when all the mayhem about Wayne leaving blew up last summer.

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