One-time United star gives his full back to under-siege attacker.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes that unsettled front man Wayne Rooney will still be at Old Trafford next season, while also stating that the Red Devils fans will have no problems welcoming the player back after what has happened in the last few months, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The England international has been the subject of much speculation of late suggesting that Rooney would be leaving the Premier League champions as soon as the summer transfer window reopened for business at the start of July.
The reason for all the recent rumours was the revelation by previous United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson that the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request towards the back-end of the previous campaign.
However, the attacker himself has subsequently gone on to strongly deny those claims from the Scot and now that David Moyes has replaced Ferguson in the United hot seat, some of the previous tension has been taken out of the situation.
And Rooney’s ex-United team-mate, and now broadcaster, Neville says that he is confident that Rooney will not be leaving the 20-time top-flight champions this summer, but will instead be a United player at the beginning of the new season.
“I was on the pitch at the end of last season when the boss [Ferguson] announced that Wayne had asked to leave,” said Neville.
“We were all surprised at the time, everyone was, but I am always hopeful. I think Wayne Rooney and Manchester United go together.
“He has to make his own mind up. The club will have a part to play in that. One thing about United, they never panic in situations, they always do things in a controlled manner.
“Although there have been rumblings about Wayne, he has come back into pre-season without much of a fuss. I think it’ll unfold in the next few weeks.”
Neville also believes that United’s supporters will be keen to see a player who has netted 197 goals in 400 matches for the club back in a United shirt again as soon as possible.
“I think the fans will be fine with him,” said Neville. “He has been too good a player, and a great player for Manchester United, the fans accept that.
“Obviously they want players to be committed to the club and the one thing about Wayne Rooney is that, wherever he plays his football, and whatever is going on, he is always 100 per cent committed to what he does. He won’t have a problem winning them over.”