London : Former Manchester United stars insist that striker Wayne Rooney can win back fans and team-mates by doing his talking on the pitch.
United legend Lou Macari said that Rooney should not have questioned manager Sir Alex Ferguson`s ambition, but insisted that the 24-year-old would strike back if fans support him.
There`s a bit of rebuilding to be done. Supporters hold the key to how well Wayne does, if they`ll forgive him and accept him back," Macari said.
Former winger Mickey Thomas believes that fans would welcome their hero back.
"I think they`re going to be absolutely delighted. They want him back on that pitch scoring goals. It`ll be all forgotten," the Daily Express quoted Thomas, as saying.
Former midfielder Clayton Blackmore believes that the saga has highlighted Ferguson`s strengths as a manager.
"It think it just shows how strong and how powerful he is. Wayne could end up being an even better player," Blackmore said.
In a dramatic change of events, Rooney - who demanded 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.