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Robson: Rooney will not be chastised

July 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson insists the uncertainty over Wayne Rooney's future will not see him outcast by the club's fans if he chooses to remain at Old Trafford next season.

A supporter celebrates with Wayne Rooney after he scored a late winner at Rangers
GettyImagesA supporter celebrates with Wayne Rooney after he scored a late winner in 2010

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It is unclear whether Rooney will see out his current contract, with Barcelona once again emerging as a potential suitor on Monday, despite David Moyes' insistence that the 27-year-old is not for sale.

Robson believes Rooney should not be concerned about being chastised for his reported requests to leave the club, citing Cristiano Ronaldo as proof that Red Devils fans are forgiving.

Ronaldo winked at Rooney when the England international was sent off against Portugal in 2006.

"If he starts the season, scores a few goals and enjoys his football, the fans will forgive him, if there's anything to forgive him for," Robson said.

"After two games, Ronaldo was playing fantastically when he came back to Old Trafford. Everybody forgot about it and everybody loved Ronaldo. And I think that's the scenario for Wayne."

Robson also urged Rooney to avoid the temptation of a move abroad, claiming the striker still has plenty to gain in his career by remaining in England.

"Wayne's a great footballer and sometimes when you're a great footballer you look at pastures and ask are they greener than where you're at?" said Robson.

"He's got everything you could possibly want at the football club so, hopefully, he can be happy and entertain us. As a football supporter and as a Manchester United supporter I want to see the best players playing at our club."

Rooney is currently the fourth greatest scorer in United's history, just 52 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton's record tally of 249.

Former United striker Andy Cole believes the prospect of reaching the milestone may prove alluring for Rooney.

"To have the opportunity to be the top goal-scorer in the football club's history? I'd stay around for that, for sure," Cole said.

"But it's not for me to advise him. Wayne's his own man, that's what has made him the player he is. He knows what he wants to do. David Moyes has said Wayne's not going anywhere and, hopefully, that will be the end of it."