David Moyes has reiterated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale, and refuted claims that he has fallen out with the unsettled striker.
Speaking to the press following United's 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Community Shield at Wembley, Moyes insisted Rooney wasn't fit and testily rebuked journalists who suggested the former Everton player was unhappy at being asked to train with the reserves this week.
Moyes said: "Some of you wrote that I fell out with Wayne but it's not true. He asked to train with the reserves... we used him as a floating player in between the two squads.
"I read some of the things you [journalists] write, I think you should be cleverer than this but I don't think you're acting like that."
When asked why Rooney is apparently fit to join the England squad for Wednesday's match with Scotland, but unable to play for his club, Moyes replied: "I've spoken to Roy Hodgson... I want him to join up with the England squad. But he's had no match action and you probably wouldn't expect somebody in that condition [to be playing today], would you?"
Asked to confirm that Rooney is unavailable for transfer, Moyes replied simply: "correct."
United have been conspicuous by their absence from the transfer market this summer, leading some fans to suggest Moyes lacks the profile to attract the game's best players. But United's new manager was bullish in his approach to questions about the club's transfer dealings.
Moyes insisted United's fruitless pursuit of Cesc Fabregas was justified, saying: "Manchester United go after the best players in the world and I think Cesc is very close to that."
He added: "We're moving forward every day, the deadline gets closer, but if we don't I'm happy to go with the players we've got. A lot of young English players played today, which is great."
United won today's game with a goal in each half from Robin van Persie.