Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes that the club’s fans will show Wayne Rooney the respect he deserves.
Rooney, 30, was booed by fans at Wembley during England’s 2-0 win over Malta, and was then dropped from the starting XI by interim manager Gareth Southgate in the scoreless draw against Slovenia. Robson thinks that United fans will support the player and show him the respect that he’s earned if he features in the game against Liverpool on Monday.
“At least United fans will show him the love and respect he deserves,” Robson told The Sun.
“Wayne’s always given everything for England – just as he has always done for United – and that should always be appreciated.
“He doesn’t deserve to be booed like he was against Malta and one thing I do know is that the United supporters will stick by him. Wayne will know that the next time he pulls on a United shirt the fans will be right behind him – as they should be.
“Some England fans seem to forget what he has done for his country for years now. They forget that he is our record scorer, that he is the most-capped outfield player.
“Wayne has done great things for England, no matter that as a country we have not achieved what we would want to.
“Yet whenever he goes through a bad patch some England fans just jump on that bad patch. They don’t stand by him. It’s not right or fair. He deserves better than what he is getting.
“Most of the England fans are fantastic. They get behind their country, no matter what, and you really have to appreciate that.
“But in the case of Wayne, some of them seem to have a problem. Whenever things go wrong it is always Wayne Rooney’s fault – never anybody else’s – and that is not right.”