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Rooney Has The Nerve To Get Angry

Wayne Rooney has remarkably claimed today it angers him when people question whether he really intends to stay at the club or not.

Just a few months ago, the player released an official statement saying he had no intention of getting in to talks to agree a contract extension with the club. He had a meeting with the club and decided Manchester United’s ambition did not match his own.

It is clear that Rooney was talking to other football clubs behind United’s back. Who hands in their notice before they’ve found a new job?

After apparently seeing the light and eventually signing the new deal, people have wondered whether he really intends to stay, or whether the club just wanted to get a bigger asking price for him, like they did with David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both made plans to join Real Madrid a year before leaving.

“I saw that, but I’ve never seen such rubbish in my life,” said Rooney. “My relationship with Sir Alex has no problems whatsoever. I’m enjoying my football here and if I was going to leave in the summer I wouldn’t have signed a new contract when I did. I’ve signed it and I intend to see it through to the end. You get angry when people question you. On Sunday I was on the way home from training. I stopped off at the garage to get petrol and a few people asked me if I was leaving in the summer. I didn’t know where it had come from. I said, ‘Where did you hear that?’ and he said it was in the newspapers. But I’ll be here until I’m well into my 30s. I signed a new contract to stay here and unless I’m ever not wanted then I’ll be staying here, that’s for sure. I admit I made a mistake like I’ve said lots of times, by saying I wanted to leave, but I’ve committed my future to United and I’m happy and my family are happy so there’s no reason for me to move elsewhere. I want to try and win more trophies and bring more success to this club.”

After spending years kissing our badge, telling us he wanted to be a United legend and claiming he was never going to leave, only to tell the world he wanted out, it’s understandable that fans and the press aren’t going to take him for his word anymore. Is Rooney angry that people don’t believe him anymore? Well, that’s a shame. I’m sure it’s very irritating. Still, it’s not as embarrassing and hurtful as the situation was for us but I can totally see why it would be annoying to have people asking whether you’re really going to stay or not wherever you go.

But maybe he shouldn’t have betrayed and been so dishonest to the club and fans that have done nothing but good for him since he was 18-years-old, then he’d have nothing to get angry about. He admits he made a mistake and now he has to live with the consequences of that.

This isn’t an issue of the mistake he made though. My issue is with him getting angry with the fans who question whether this time he’s actually telling the truth. How dare he get angry with a fan for thinking it’s possible he’s lying to us again. How anyone can think it’s acceptable for him to be angry with us for even questioning whether he’s being honest or not is beyond me. Bonkers.

About Scott

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. The Mr. Fox says:

    Ah … this is a proper forum now! Makes a change from usual nonsense lurking at the bottom of any post.

    I think Scott is entirely entitled to his opinion. Just as we’ll never forgive Ferdinand for stalling on his new contract after 8 months out for a self inflicted doping ban … it’s going to take time with Rooney and it’ll probably never heal with some United fans.

    Sure Rooney’s frustrated, getting asked the same questions all the time, who wouldn’t … but I think he just wants to put the matter behind him. The past 12 months have been a humbling experience for him … but it’s taken the squad to show him how stupid he was, as despite his poor form others have stepped up and kept us on track for the 3 main trophies we set out for at the beginning of the season.

    For Rooney it’s probably too soon to be talking about the matter … but I was quite pleased to read his recent remarks, as everytime he’s forced to comment on these matters, it’s another time he has to acknowledge what a dick he was in the first place.

    Love him or hate him, he’s in the team … we’ve got trophies to win, so let’s go to work and revisit this in May.

  2. FULLARD says:


    Totally agree mate. Peoples minds aren’t going to be changed easily anytime soon.
    And nor should they.
    I think a lot of people (myself included) initially thought STR was going over the top with his vendetta against Rooney, but now i see that really he’s doing his bit to make sure the fans don’t forget so easily.
    I think its disgraceful how quickly and undeservedly his name was sung in the stretford end.
    Even the other night when chicharito scored the first goal against marseille, rooneys name was sung instantly, as if he’d just scored.
    I mean yeah it was a great bit of work for him to set up the goal but for us to be singing “rooney, rooney” while chicharito is celebrating HIS goal is ludicrous and says a lot about the single mindedness of some fans.

  3. jespermoses says:

    @Benni Robinson,that Balotelli link is fucking hilarious

  4. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    @ Balaji

    Heymate! haha i did take a long time o find that word that basically sums up my attitude towards him now!

  5. supertramp says:

    No forgiveness for rooney…. he disrespected the club. Period.

  6. ChrisRedorDead says:

    Look guys I think we need too put this one away and lets see what happens, I have to agree with Scott. We have the greatest club with the greatest manager in the world, all look at us with green eyes and want what we have.

  7. kimblim says:

    ” Who hands in their notice before they’ve found a new job?”

    I’ve done that twice.. both times I knew that I would be able to get a new job within days, and I’m pretty sure Rooney would have no problems finding new employers as well…

  8. markynorbs says:

    Great blog Scott. Really interesting response from our supporters. Personally I think Rooney is a bit out of order with the comments. We the fans have every right to question his loyalty after this whole fiasco.
    Anyway It’s good to see Rooney finally finding some good form consistantly. We will need all the lads to be on top of their game if we are going to win THE TREBLE!!! UNITED!! UNITED!!

  9. wruth03 says:

    Rooneyisclass It seems to me that what STR is pointing out is that many fans find it hard to trust Rooney again. Have you ever heard the saying “Once bitten twice shy”? Ultimately that is STR’s point here. You surely have to agree that Rooney showed a serious lack of respect for the manager, the fans and his own team mates. Let us be honest most of us were appalled by Rooney’s behaviour and as he is well over the age of consent he can hardly hide behind his agent. Also clearly Rooney agreed with his agent or he would have dismissed him by now. Bearing this in mind Rooney is really not in any position to complain about his loyalty being questioned. As where was this loyalty when he stated just a few months ago his intention to leave? OK his performances have improved but that cannot take away what he said. For me the jury is still out on Rooney he still has a lot of making up to do.


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