Wayne Rooney will make his first competitive appearance at Old Trafford since the final game of last season when he was substituted off with two minutes left to play in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
While it seemed likely he would be leaving in the summer, nothing had been resolved yet, so there was no formal goodbye. The fans chanted his name knowing it was unlikely they would see him wearing a United shirt again.
Ryan Giggs has said that if Rooney does score on his return to Old Trafford, he should celebrate the goal.
If you score a goal, you hear players talk about, you sort of lose yourself and I don’t think we should get away from that. Show respect, don’t go over the top, but if you score a goal then celebrate. I think fans recognise that. Knowing Wayne, I’m sure he’ll be nervous, but relishing the chance as well and he’ll want to score because that’s his job.
Whatever he does on the day, there’s no doubt that Rooney will get a good reception, which Giggs agrees with.
He’ll get a great reception from the United fans because he was such a great player for United in such a successful era as well. I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to it and the United fans will be looking forward to seeing how he does as well, hoping he doesn’t score and Wayne the opposite, hoping he does score.