Wayne Rooney is now destined to stay at Manchester United, particularly if his performance against Chelsea is anything to go by.
The United and England star put in a great shift against the club who have been pursuing him over the summer which seemed to cast doubt over any possible move this transfer window at least.
Rooney may well have been wary about what kind of reception he would have received but he didn't need to worry as United supporters were fully behind him and they let him know as well. That will have given Rooney a great boost as he stepped onto the Old Trafford turf and must have helped his performance.
David Moyes must take some credit for the fact that Rooney is continuing in a Manchester United shirt and also the way Rooney seems to be focused on his performances. Moyes has obviously given Rooney some assurances about his role at the club and Rooney was clearly happy to listen to his manager from his time at Everton. The two have history and I think this may well have been a decisive factor.
United will be breathing a sigh of relief because to replace Rooney, with the transfer window coming to a close soon, would take a large amount of money. Now they can concentrate on other areas of the squad, such as midfield, where they need to strengthen.
The Chelsea supporters who were there on the night were confident the England star would be joining them as they sang his name during the game. However, I now seriously doubt it.
Normally you would find potentially outgoing players playing no part in games of such magnitude. The fact that Moyes thrust Rooney into his starting line-up spoke volumes to the thinking of the manager, the club and the player himself.
Rooney has now probably realised that not many former United players leave the club and go on to succeed elsewhere. He might have done at Chelsea, who knows, but for now he remains a Manchester United player and I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future.
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