Now Roo has to win back the fans

Days of speculation over the future of Wayne Rooney have finally come to an end. But the outcome was one that few would have predicted.

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

Sol Campbell

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.

David Unsworth

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.

Robbie Keane

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.

Berbatov v Tevez? What about Rooney?

There has been a lot of talk recently about Carlos Tevez and his Manchester United future.

The Argentine had looked likely to make his loan move to Old Trafford permanent but the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov has put that in doubt.

Including Wayne Rooney, United have three quality strikers and, with Cristiano Ronaldo also able to lead the line, the Red Devils have an embarrassment of riches up front.

With Ferguson having the almost impossible task of keeping them all happy, and with the club already shelling out millions on Berbatov, the big debate is should they keep Tevez? And, if they do, who should win starting places?

But for some reason it seems to be a straight fight between Tevez and Berbatov. Why isn’t Wayne Rooney part of the debate?

Berbatov is the most complete Premier League striker since Thierry Henry and seems to be able to create assists and score goals in equal measure.

And Tevez is dogged and determined with a high work-rate and has the ability to both poach and score spectacular goals.

Rooney on the other hand, while his quality is not in doubt, still has question marks over his long-term fitness and his temperament.

Despite this Rooney’s place in the team is rarely questioned. Is he an automatic choice?

There is talk that United cannot afford Tevez but that seems unlikely as they are one of the richest clubs in the world.

If I was Sir Alex I would shell out for the Argentine and prepare Mr Rooney for a bit of time on the bench.