Date: 21st November 2010 at 9:00am
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On Friday/Saturday we carried out a poll amongst readers to see what their reaction was to Rooney’s return and the results can be said to have been a microcosm of what actually happened when the striker was called up to replace Macheda in the second half.

78% of readers said they would be happy to see him return whilst 22% said they wouldn’t be and when his name was called the cheers drowned out the booing. is a veteran and is wise enough to know how to deal with these situations so when he was ready to send Rooney on he came on as part of a double substitution with lessening the likelyhood of booing.

An interesting take I got on the situation from another fan was that in all his time on the field Rooney didn’t want to dwell on the ball at the risk of being booed but from what I saw the crowd were quick to chant the familiar refrain of ‘ROOONEY’ when he did well including a sumptuous ball out wide that I’m sure nobody spotted having expected a shot.

He could have even got on the score sheet had he been more alert after the ball somehow ended up on his toe but his tame but unexpected chance was saved by Al Habsi.

As I said, Sir Alex knew what he was doing setting up Rooney’s introduction the way he did and afterwards said:

“The reception for Wayne was good. It will be pleasing for him, will settle him down and make him realise he is at the right club.”
There have been some grumbles amongst some fans who feel he shouldn’t have been cheered at all but whilst many are happy to have him back, I think a few feel the way I do in that whilst he is still a player he is afforded our affection/acceptance. Whilst there was once a proper bond between him and the fans quite a few myself include see him at the club as a mutually benefitial relationship. Your on £250k a week so give use £250k a week performances and everybody is happy.