Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to move to protect Wayne Rooney from the scandal that has engulfed his family life. Former United defender David May agrees that the England hitman will be protected as he deals with the scandal.
"Wayne will be handled perfectly at United," May told the Manchester Evening News. "The one thing that every player who has ever played for United during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign says is that the gaffer is like a father figure.
"In times of need his door is always open and you are welcome to go and see him. That's unless he hasn't called you in first!
"I went in to see the manager on a few occasions when untrue stories had been written about me in the newspapers. You get the best support from him and an unbiased opinion.
"He stands by his players and he is a fantastic bloke for that. If you have problems you go into his office and talk it through and you come out of the meeting with a huge weight off your shoulders.
"I would hate to be going through what Wayne will be going through now. It is bad publicity but he will get a fair hearing with Sir Alex Ferguson.
"No matter what is said it will remain private. Whether he tears into him or sympathises it will remain in those four walls and that is why players respect him so much.
"Once it has been said then he'll look after you and make sure you can concentrate on your football.
"A lot of clubs out there would probably turn there back on Wayne, just like they probably would have done with Eric Cantona.
"But either way that is not how United or Sir Alex Ferguson goes about things. The club do care and there is also a togetherness about the place. They look after you.