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How Could We Have Missed Rooney’s Arrogance?

Wayne Rooney has been accused of many things, the latest of which, “arrogant”. Andorra midfield, Oscar Sonejee, obviously wants to make a name for himself. Maybe the salesman by day isn’t make enough commission, so he thought he’d get a name for himself as the man slagging off Rooney.

Asked if Rooney swore at him, he said: “Yes, Rooney did. We were talking and he said ‘I’m a star player’ and insulted me. So I insulted him. In his mind he was thinking: ‘Who are Andorra? They have small players and are not professional.’ Rooney was arrogant. The match was a very hot situation and, when Rooney talks, he’s very aggressive. It was a battle. There was a moment when the game was on the other side of the pitch and he just pushed me.”

Whilst there are several criticisms of Rooney I can agree with, particularly to do with his swearing, which I fully believe he was guilty of in the direction of Sonejee, to call him arrogant is not something that sits right with me. There are other United players I feel could rightly be named arrogant, but Rooney is not one of them. He is one of our most grounded players, which is pretty remarkable when you consider his talent and the young age he emerged on the World stage.

But has Rooney proved Sonejee right with his comments ahead of England’s game today?

In a word, no.

“I think especially as we didn’t qualify for the Euros, it’s a massive game for us now,” he said. “We want to start off the campaign well and get the three points. We know from last time we played them it will be a fairly tough game – we had to work quite hard for the victory. We understand it’s going to be a tough game but we want to go out there and put a good performance on. We let ourselves down – we let the country down – by not qualifying for the Euros. There’s been things saying the players don’t care: us players are proud and privileged to play for our country and we will give the best we can.”

Rooney’s admittance that Andorra (ranked 186th in the World) gave England a “fairly tough game” are not the comments of an arrogant man. The fact Rooney acknowledges England’s poor showing of late shows that he is not a man with his head stuck up his own arse.

So, as if we needed any confirmation, it’s clear Rooney is not the arrogant footballer Sonejee paints him as.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. n667 says:

    he did his pr some good, nw we all know who sonjee is .. arrogant or not, he’s our wayne rooney n practically kills himself for utd, hands off u andorra twat!

  2. Jimmy The Weed says:

    “In his mind he was thinking who are andora?”…This guy is truly gifted.He has powers.
    “I’m a star player, he said and insulted me”….Yep, that sounds like the kind of thing Roonster would say, lol. I can almost hear him now, in his best John Cleese accent “I am a star player! Your mother was a hamster and your father stank of elderberries!”

  3. Tom F says:

    Well, “I’m a star player” haha…

  4. Jonny says:

    Hasn’t anyone learnt we can’t footballer’s comments about anything seriously. You can’t say Sonjee is definately talking shit just because Rooney spouted some typical football interview cliches. He’s not going to say ‘yeah Andorra are a non-entity who’s players are nothing compared to us. We will definately win 10-0 (as they should) and I should score at least 5 (as I should, but probably won’t).

  5. blindkat says:

    Wayne Rooney should be putting this nobody in his place, who does this hump think he is? “he is saying who is andorra” guess what everybody in the free world was saying that same shit dumbass. If I were a bad ass like Wayne I might be a little arrogant as well, shit i’m a nobody but when I was 21 I thought I was god’s gift to the world imagine what 10′s of millions of dollars and thousands of adoring fans when you’re 21 might do to your self image.

  6. johann says:

    Who’s andorra??? LOL!


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