Wayne Rooney's central role in so many Manchester United glory nights will ensure he continues to receive the full backing of the club's supporters should he remain at Old Trafford.
That is the view of skipper Nemanja Vidic, who was not in the least bit surprised at the ovation Rooney received during Monday night's draw with Chelsea.
It may have been slightly odd that the visiting supporters were also singing Rooney's name.
However, having ruled out the possibility of handing in an official transfer request, it now seems increasingly likely the 27-year-old will have to remain at United, at least until January.
"He has scored so many goals and won so many trophies. I expected him to receive a good reception," said Vidic.
"The supporters have always supported the players.
"Wayne is no different.
"He has been supported throughout the years and I don't think there was a question he would have been supported against Chelsea."
But the issues that prompted Rooney to consider an exit from Old Trafford remain.
Whilst they have never been publicly revealed, it was established some considerable time ago that Rooney was deeply affected by Sir Alex Ferguson's stance towards him at the end of last season, in particular the Scot's claim he had asked for a move.