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Carrick: Rooney still 'one of us'
Wayne Rooney has been given a vote of confidence by his Manchester United team-mates with Michael Carrick insisting the striker is still "one of us" following his return to the first-team fold at Swansea.
Rooney came off the bench to replace Ryan Giggs in the 62nd minute at the Liberty Stadium to set up goals for Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck as United ran out 4-1 winners. It was Rooney's first appearance since May 5 at Old Trafford against Chelsea, the club whom he is desperate to join.
The United supporters in the away end also gave Rooney their backing, however he elected not to celebrate either of the two goals he was on the pitch for and left after the game without acknowledging the fans, though he was seen clapping them during his warm-up.
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David Moyes, the United manager, remains adamant that Rooney will not be sold. However Chelsea are believed to be preparing a final £40m bid to tempt owners the Glazer family into selling, with the player having only two years remaining on his contract.
But despite the concerns surrounding Rooney's future at United, Carrick is adamant there are no problems within the dressing room.
"He is a big Manchester United player," Carrick said. "He's one of us and we all stick together.
"When we're on the pitch, we fight for each other and do what we can for Wayne. He's certainly part of that.
"I thought he came on and looked good. He set up two goals and that's what he's all about. He's a real threat. He got a bit of a whack when he made Danny's second but I'm sure he'll be all right.
"But he has given this club an awful lot so the fans support him and we support him. As I said, we stick together."
Phil Jones also gave his public backing to Rooney, pointing to the reception he received from the travelling support as evidence that the striker is still appreciated at United.
"That was great," Jones said. "He is a fantastic player and he did well when he came on.
"He came on and did the job, so the manager and all the lads are pleased with him."