Rooney shows his commitment on the pitch this season, now wants the fans to play their part

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has been the main positive in Manchester United's season so far.

Wayne Rooney is determined to turn things around for Manchester United but has said the team needs the fans help to start climbing up the league, and improving their form in general.

Whilst there may have been question marks over Rooney’s future in the summer, you can’t fault his commitment to the side he plays for.

It is well documented that Rooney and Moyes have had their run-ins in the past but the forward has seemed determined to bury the hatchet this season for the common good and to try to keep Manchester United near the top end of the Premier League, and fighting on as many trophy fronts as possible.

When he has played this season, Rooney has been United’s best player. He is currently their top scorer with 11 goals from 24 appearances in all competitions, and is usually at the centre of everything good about their attacking play - which is shown with the remarkable tally of 19 assists so far this season. He's also had the odd spell of dropping into midfield at the request of his manager despite the role not being his favourite.

He’s committed so much that despite the falling out with Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson over a transfer request towards the end of last season, reportedly because of lack of game time, Ferguson said at his book launch this year that he wouldn’t drop Rooney in this sort of form.

Rooney has called on the fans to play their part in revitalising United’s season, saying in an interview to MUTV: ‘The fans’ support is very important.

‘The fans have been great here, especially now when we are not in the best of form and we have lost the last few home games.

‘We need them to support us through this time. We will get stronger and we will get better.

‘The fans are vital in being patient with us and letting us try to get there. I am sure we will do.

It is evident that without Rooney this season, Manchester United have been a poorer team. Though they may have got wins against sides struggling in the lower half of the table, against other teams they have been found wanting when their number ten hasn’t been playing.

image: © nasmac

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch