ROBBIE BRADY believes that his former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney still has a big part to play for the Old Trafford club.
Brady has, of course, ended his four-year stay at United with his January move to Hull City but the Dubliner – a lifelong United fan – retains an affection for the club and an interest.
"Wayne Rooney is still an unbelievable player and it's crazy to think that some people have written him off," Brady told the Herald.
"I'm sure he was disappointed not to start against Real Madrid last week but that was just the manager's game plan and, as a player, Wayne will understand that.
"It was hard for Wayne to miss out on such a big game but he is still a massive figure for the club," added Brady, who understood the feelings of Portuguese international Nani over his controversial sending-off last week.
"I felt for Nani, and for the whole team, but especially for Nani as there's no way that was a red card. I still love United. It would have been great to see them do the treble."