Wayne Rooney has sung the praises of Manchester United fans for treating him so well despite his summer of silence, following his desire to join title rivals Chelsea.

“The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot so I want to thank the fans for that,” he said. “The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances. I’m happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals – and long may that continue.”

Rooney tends to go through runs of good goal scoring form, and once he starts, it difficult to stop him. He also has a great record of scoring against City. So let’s hope he’ll be on the scoresheet again this weekend.

“My main focus now is preparing as well as possible for the game against City at the weekend,” he added. “We all know they are a strong outfit and have made some good signings over the summer so we will definitely need to be at our best come Sunday.”