Rooney the 'irreplaceable'
DAVID Moyes, the Manchester United manager, admitted that it would have been impossible to replace talisman Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
Rooney celebrated signing a new 51/2-year contract by sealing United's 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Saturday with a superb volleyed finish to double the advantage following Robin van Persie's penalty.
Following the success at Selhurst Park, which put United sixth in the table, Moyes saluted the 28-year-old England striker and believes he will get only better after putting him in the bracket of the best players in world football.
Moyes said: "He's a really important player and you think about the number of clubs who wanted to sign him. He would have been too difficult to replace. There aren't enough top players out there that you can get cheaply or easily.
"Wayne's one of them, one of the top players. He shows it week in, week out for us and you can see the change in him - his leadership, what he's trying to bring to the team."
Moyes, Rooney and United now travel to Greece for tomorrow's Champions League last-16 tie against Olympiakos.
And the United chief, who has endured a difficult first term in charge following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, hopes his men can gain in belief from their victory in south London and finish the season on a high.
He added: "We have a really big European tie coming up on Tuesday night and our focus goes on to that.
"We wanted to win the game (on Saturday) to make sure we go into that game (tomorrow) in good form and confidence. It's such a big game for us."