5 things we learn from the Old Trafford showdown

5 things we learn from the Old Trafford showdown

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ROONEY REMAINS PROFESSIONAL

David Moyes' decision to select Wayne Rooney against a team he quite obviously wants to join was a huge gamble, but it paid off.

Far from phoning in his shift, he was aggressive and determined throughout. The Chelsea supporters began the night applauding him and trying to cajole him into making his move to West London, but it soon became apparent that he was Manchester United's greatest threat.

Rooney has not treated his club well this summer, unsettling the squad when they were at their most vulnerable, giving Moyes a problem he really didn't need in his first season at Old Trafford.

But at least when it comes to the business of playing football, he can still be trusted to do his job.

MOYES ISN'T GOING TO PANIC

Jose Mourinho threw everything he had at David Moyes in the build-up to this game, telling the media that the Rooney saga was entirely his fault.

Moyes simply ignored him.

If Mourinho thinks that the Scotsman is out of his depth or nervous, he may need to think again.

United stuck with a settled line-up, save for the swopping of Ryan Giggs for Rooney, and held Chelsea at bay without breaking sweat.

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