SWANSEA, United Kingdom - Manchester United manager David Moyes praised both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney after his first Premier League match in charge of the English champions ended in a 4-1 win at Swansea.
Van Persie and Danny Welbeck scored two goals apiece at the Liberty Stadium while Rooney, repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea after falling behind Dutch striker van Persie in the Old Trafford pecking order during Alex Ferguson's final season in charge, came off the bench in the second half.
Wilfried Bony snatched an 82nd minute consolation goal for Swansea on a day when van Persie confirmed his status as the Premier League's leading marksman.
"The biggest thing for me is that Robin has been a pleasure to work with," said Moyes.
"He is really keen to work to improve and get better — you may wonder how he can get better.
"His two goals were terrific, the athleticism he showed for the first and the power for the second."
Moyes, who oversaw the start of Rooney's professional career in his previous role as Everton manager, added: "Wayne did well when he came on and made a great run for the one goal and a great pass for the second. He helped the team and played a part getting the result."
Rooney received a standing ovation from United's travelling fans when he came on to replace club great Ryan Giggs.
"The supporters recognise good players and they recognised that when Wayne came on," said Moyes.
"He's got quite a bad kick down the back of his Achilles and he is still lacking match practice. He played well for the team and he helped set up two goals.
"Wayne has worked very hard when he has been fit. You cross that white line and enjoy your football and I thought he did that today."
Other EPL results: Liverpool 1-0 Stoke, Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa, Norwich 2-2 Everton, Sunderland 0-1 Fulham, West Brom 0-1 Southampton, West Ham 2-0 Cardiff.