Many journalists, who are likely to feel rather silly now, had tipped the United forward for a sensational cross-Manchester move to arch rivals City.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson may be relieved that his main striker has decided to stay at Old Trafford the fans are unlikely to feel the same – at least at first.
Football fans, by their very nature, are notoriously fickle and the feedback on the messageboards, twitter feeds and blogs over the past week have been telling.
As soon as Rooney seemed destined to depart he became a greedy, overrated, overweight scouser, which is a far cry from the player United fans had put on the same pedestal as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Moreover, many fans will be disgusted by the way in which the striker seemingly held the club to increase his already astronomical salary onto another stratosphere.
As long as Rooney’s terrible form continues there will be a question mark over both his true ability and his commitment to the club.
However, his real status on the red side of Manchester will only become clear when his form picks up again – then we will see how United fans really feel about their talisman.
On second thoughts: Other famous transfer u-turns
Big Sol, former Notts County, Spurs and Arsenal defender famously irked the Gunners faithful by letting his contract run down to play football abroad. Campbell only made it as far as the South Coast and ended up at Portsmouth.
Defender Unsworth was labelled the “biggest clot in football” by then Aston Villa manager John Gregory after deciding we wanted to join Everton just days after signing for the Villains.
The Irish forward, who never seems to settle at any club joined Liverpool in July 2008 from Spurs for a fee of almost £20m. By January has back on the bench at White Hart Lane.