Michael Carrick has given Wayne Rooney the support of all Manchester United players by claiming that the unsettled striker is "one of us", with the midfielder making it clear that the squad are firmly behind him.
Rooney came on for the closing half hour of United's 4-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday evening to create both Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck's second goals in the victory.
Despite Rooney unhappiness and his desire to leave the club, when he warmed up the travelling United support gave him a warm reception, applauding and chanting his name. Yet despite this the 27-year-old did not take part in the side's celebrations following the final goals of Van Persie and Welbeck to acknowledge fans at the close of the match.
Asked if he was glad to see Rooney come on as a substitute, Carrick said: "Yes. 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 [on his Achilles] when he made Danny's second but I'm sure he'll be all right. He's a big Manchester United player. 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."
Regarding the supporters' reaction, Carrick added: "He's given this club an awful lot so the fans support him and we support him. As I said, we stick together. It was a good day."
Phil Jones also hailed the fans' acknowledgment of Rooney. "That was great. He is a fantastic player and he did well when he came on. He came on and did the job. He did well. The manager and all the lads are pleased," said the defender.
Jones was unsure if Rooney was surprised to have received such greeting. "It's great but you'll have to ask him that question," he added. Rooney is yet to say anything publicly about his future though when asked to comment by reporters following the win he did smile to suggest that there is a desire to speak out at some point.
While Wilfried Bony scored Swansea's consolation on debut, Moyes stated that he hopes Welbeck can become a 20-goal a-season striker. "I think we're going to try and encourage him to be that and do everything we can to do so," said the manager.
Welbeck's double against the Swans means that in the opening game of the season he has already doubled his total league return of the last campaign. So what has been holding him back? "I think sometimes you need a run and a bit of confidence and getting the goals," said Moyes. "Sometimes you need to get into the right areas and maybe in the past he's not wanted to get right in to get his goals. That's why the first one - the pleasing bit is he was in for a ball that was played right across the six-yard box and he got himself a tap-in."
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