Wayne Rooney may have been suffering following England’s elimination from the World Cup, but he has clearly not forgotten the importance of keeping his club manager happy…even if he is yet to play a game for him.
Speaking after the Three Lions’ fate was sealed the Manchester United striker was asked who he would be supporting for the rest of the tournament. And the response he gave has seen him hailed as “smart” by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
So who will the United man be following when he watches the latter stages of the competition from his sofa?
Holland, of course. At least that is what he told the press.
Questions have been asked regarding Rooney’s future ever since Louis van Gaal was announced as United’s next manager.
From being the main man under former boss David Moyes, suddenly that role was set to go to Robin van Persie. But if Rooney wanted to impress the 62-year-old off the pitch having done so only sporadically on it this summer, saying he wanted the Netherlands to win the whole thing was a good start.
Rooney’s performances for England have been in the spotlight but in truth he can hold his head high. He scored one goal against Uruguay and could have had a second as his brave header ricocheted off the bar.
He also came close against Italy when played in a less familiar position that had little to do with him and everything to do with the manager.
But with his latest comments, the United man has shown that footballers can send messages through their words not just their actions. Although both he and van Gaal will know that the real talking will be done once United begin their preparations for the new season.