Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes Wayne Rooney has no need to leave Old Trafford as he still enjoys the unconditional support of the club’s fans.
Chelsea have publicly courted Rooney all summer but United have rejected two bids for the striker and now appear likely to hold on to him.
The England international was believed to have been angling for a move to Stamford Bridge, leading to uncertainty about the reception he would receive from the United faithful in his first home appearance of the season.
In the event, Rooney was enthusiastically cheered by Red Devils supporters during an an all-action display in the 0-0 draw.
And United captain Vidic said: “I don’t think there was any question he’d have been supported. Wayne has been supported throughout the years.
"He has scored so many goals and won so many trophies -- I expected him to get a good reception. The fans have always supported the players. Wayne is no different."
Vidic now hopes Rooney is ready to put the summer speculation behind him and enjoy a fruitful campaign for the Premier League champions.
"Wayne has trained really well and when he starts a few games he’ll be really good," Vidic said. “I’m excited for him -- he can have a good season and has the World Cup as well."
Not only has the England striker seemingly made a U-turn on his decision to leave the Premier League champions, but reports claim he is set to be offered a new contract which will end the summer-long speculation about his future.
Rooney has just one year left on his deal at United and chief executive Edward Woodward has put him top of a list of players he wants to resolve in the coming weeks, as well as Vidic and winger Nani.
The Daily Mail reports senior officials have been impressed with the way Moyes has handled the situation and the way Rooney has started the season, including two assists in the opening game at Swansea as well as a man of the match performance against Chelsea.
But United will not be able to offer Rooney the same £250,000-a-week salary he currently earns, with any offer likely to depend heavily on performance and appearances.