New Manchester United boss David Moyes has praised unsettled superstar Wayne Rooney – and admitted he himself may return to Everton one day.
Manager Moyes refused to discuss Rooney’s future as he spoke at Cambridge University’s historic debating society.
But he told students: “He was the last great street footballer and he is one of the greatest players in the world right now.”
Moyes, 50, who is taking over the Old Trafford reins from Sir Alex Ferguson, also refused to rule out going back to Everton where he was in charge for 11 years.
He revealed: “I think everyone knows what I’m doing next, but who knows – maybe I’ll come back to Everton one day.”
He said he hoped that his successor at Goodison Park would be someone already at the club.
Ex-Everton stars Alan Stubbs and Phil Neville have been tipped to take over from the outgoing Glaswegian.
Moyes said: “The Everton appointment is initially down to the chairman but I think it is really nicely set up to have somebody from within the club come in.
“Having said that there will be some applications from outside the club and the final decision is down to the chairman.
“I am very grateful that Everton gave me a chance. I was an unknown manager and it was a big step up for me.
“I would have loved if an Arab sheik had come along but Bill Kenwright is the kind of chairman a lot of clubs would love.
“He’s a supporter of the club and he ensured we had stability at the club.”
Moyes swapped the dugout for the stage as he travelled to Cambridge on Tuesday just a day after masterminding Everton’s 2-0 victory over West Ham.