Stunned fans cheer Rooney U-turn
Published 22/10/2010 | 12:52
Joyous Manchester United football fans have been celebrating Wayne Rooney's decision to stay at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils' talisman went from hero to villain then back to hero again by agreeing a new five-year contract with United.
And after questioning the club's ambition and the ability of his team-mates, Rooney apologised to his fellow players and his boss, Sir Alex Ferguson said.
The signing of a new deal ended an amazing week in which Ferguson revealed that the 24-year-old England striker wanted to leave the club - dropping the bombshell during a press conference on the eve of a Champions League match.
Emma Parish of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, which has 163,000 members, has said: "I was in the car when I heard on the radio and my jaw just dropped open. It was a surprise.
"I'm pleased and glad he is staying because he is a world class player, I would have hated to see him in a Man City shirt," she said. "Everybody is flabbergasted at what has gone on this week, but the people I have spoken to are all pleased because you don't want your best players going."
Angry supporters had vented their frustrations on Rooney - who was not involved in United's midweek game due to injury - with banners branding him disloyal. And on Thursday night police were called to the footballer's £4.5 million mansion in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire, after a mob of up to 30 fans protested outside the property.
But ongoing talks between the club's chief executive David Gill and Rooney's adviser Paul Stretford resulted in Rooney confirming he is staying put.
"I am delighted to sign another deal at United," Rooney said. "In the last couple of days, I have talked to the manager and the owners and they have convinced me this is where I belong.
"I am signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history - which is the reason I joined the club in the first place."