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Neville - All is forgiven
Gary Neville says Manchester United’s players have already forgiven Wayne Rooney for questioning their ambition and ability. The striker was forced to eat humble pie and apologise to his team-mates after finally signing a new five-year deal. Neville admits it was a big mistake for Rooney to question United’s ability to win major honours, but added it was time for everyone to move on. Neville said: "At one point it did look like he could be leaving, but the end result was the right one for both Wayne and United. He’s popular in the changing room and a well-liked person. Now he’s made the correct decision for his football career and life outside of football. Wayne has apologised to the fans and everyone connected with the club, so we have to put it all to bed now. There will be fall-out, but as soon as Wayne gets back on the pitch it will all be forgotten. It’s forgotten about as far as the players are concerned, as when our top players sign long-term deals it is a boost. Wayne is staying and we look forward to winning trophies with him in our team.”
Further reaction to the end of the saga includes Sir Alex Ferguson's comments on the role of agents in modern football, while Alan Hansen writes in The Independent about the challenges still facing the United manager, despite Rooney staying. Hansen says: "With Rooney still at Old Trafford, Ferguson can at least look to build a fifth great team, but it will be so much harder to do it this time than on any other occasion in the past."
Happily, there's also some coverage of on-the-field matters after Sunday's win at Stoke.