Wayne Rooney... Angry, confused, understanding?

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney had no problem stepping in for Manchester United at the weekend.

Remember back in the summer, when Wayne Rooney reportedly blew his top at an ill-chosen phrase from manager David Moyes?

With Rooney at home after being sent home injured on the pre-season tour, Moyes was questioned as to how much he needed the striker.

He replied: "Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him. I want as many options as possible."

The comments were relayed to Rooney himself and suddenly there was a mini media storm. 

Rooney or his advisors briefed the newspapers that he was 'angry and confused' at the comments, which were reported by Sky News as a major story.

Moyes did well to smooth out the pre-season speed bump, presumably explaining to Wayne Rooney behind closed doors that he would have an important role to play.

Ever since his positive reception in United's first home game against Chelsea, Rooney has appeared to relax, and the rumblings of discontent are there no longer.

The striker was upset by Moyes' comments because he saw them as an affront to his ego, while ignoring the practicality of them.

In the wake of United's weekend performance, surely he is understanding of them now.

Rooney was United's main man in attack, chosen to lead the line in the absence of the injured Robin van Persie.

Van Persie is such an influential player in United's attack that even Rooney struggled to replace him, but Rooney was more than willing to jump into his boots and take the Dutchman's place.

Could it be now that the striker is just a little bit understanding, and not so angry and confused any more? 

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