Picture special: fans protest against Rooney
Manchester United fans are a passionate bunch but nothing riles quite like a star player demanding a move out of Old Trafford. Since stories broke last weekend of Wayne Roone’s decision to reject United’s offer of a new contract, the PR battle has ebbed and flowed but the fans seem to have chosen only one side.
United supporters held up banners at the recent Champions League match versus Bursaspor at Old Trafford. One asked ‘Who’s the whore now, Wayne?’ while another said ‘Coleen forgave you, but we won’t’.
Around 20 United supporters – dubbed the Men in Black – visited Rooney’s Wilmslow mansion last night. The fans, carrying a banner that warned “Join City and You’re Dead”, spoke to Rooney before the United striker called the police. The protest dispersed without arrests.
This Manchester city centre Nike advert was defaced with another stern warning for Rooney, who is believed to be considering a £260,000 per week offer from cross-town rivals City.
Recalling the terrace plea from a small child for United to buy Rooney in 2004, one Twitter user had a novel message for Sir Alex Ferguson this week.
Lifetime United fan Paul Scholes had a novel approach to the Rooney-protest: he clattered the striker in training. Longsight-born defender Wes Brown appears to see the funny side.