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Neville: 'Rooney and Manchester United go together'

ESPN staff
July 12, 2013
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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists the Wayne Rooney will still be greeted warmly by fans if he remains at Old Trafford next term.

Speculation is mounting over the England forward's future after he returned home from the club's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia due to a hamstring complaint.

But Neville believes there is nothing in the rumours.

"Wayne Rooney and Manchester United go together," he told the Guardian. "I'm aware of how big the football club is, and the fact you can achieve all your ambitions there.

"But Wayne is ambitious himself. He has to make his own mind up. There have been rumblings about Wayne but he has come back into pre-season without much of a fuss, and this will unfold in the next few weeks.

"I think the fans will be fine with him. They get behind the players on the pitch. In 26 years I've not seen a United player treated badly by United fans. They love their own, particularly the ones who have served them well and given their all, and Wayne can certainly put himself in that category.

"He has been too good a player - a great player for Manchester United - for the fans not to accept him. Obviously, they want players to be committed to the club, but one thing about Wayne Rooney is, wherever he plays his football and whatever is going on, he is always 100% committed to what he does."

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