Carrick backs Man Utd teammate Rooney

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has backed his unsettled teammate Wayne Rooney, insisting that he is ‘still one of us’, according to ESPN, after the striker set up two goals in his side’s opening day victory at Swansea.

Having already soon two bids rejected for Rooney, Chelsea are expected to come back with another improved offer, with the 27-year-old’s future at Old Trafford still hanging in the balance. Rooney has been unsettled throughout the summer, although new Man Utd boss David Moyes has stated that he is not for sale.

After being selected among the substitutes at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, Rooney played the final half hour, in which he created goals for fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the Red Devils’ 4-1 win. And despite not celebrating either goal with his teammates, Carrick says that the other players are still with Rooney.

He declared: “He is a big Manchester United player. He’s one of us and we all stick together. When we’re on the pitch, we fight for each other and do what we can for Wayne. He’s certainly part of that. He has given this club an awful lot so the fans support him and we support him. As I said, we stick together.

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