Beckham ‘not surprised’ by Rooney’s Man U turnaround

England and former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has backed Wayne Rooney’s dramatic decision to stay at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 20:25 PM IST

London : England and former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has backed Wayne Rooney’s dramatic decision to stay at Old Trafford.

Beckham said the turnaround must have been an "easy decision" for Rooney.

I’m not surprised he stayed at Manchester United because at the end of the day they are the biggest team in the world," Sky News quoted Beckham, as saying.

"They have the best manager. He has the best manager to look after him at all times and they are the best fans," he added.

In a dramatic change of events, Rooney - who wanted to leave United earlier this week - ended doubts over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

He is now the highest-paid player at United, overtaking defender Rio Ferdinand.

The striker, who was previously on 90,000 pounds per week, is now understood to be earning a basic salary in excess of 150,000 pounds per week.

ANI