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So, How Did The Fans React To Wayne Rooney?

Ahead of kick-off, it was the reaction to Wayne Rooney’s name that was most heavily anticipated. Cheers came for all our players, quieter when they got to the subs… until Rooney’s name was read out. Disappointingly, there was a definite difference in volume when it got to his name, with him getting the loudest cheer of the subs. Hard not to find that embarrassing when legends like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are named on the bench.

It was fairly ironic that Scholes and Rooney came on together, although something well planned by the manager. Here’s Scholes, a player who doesn’t have an agent, one of the most talented midfielders this country has ever seen, who never has had a fuss over his contract, who’s never flirted with other clubs to boost his salary, and who has never contemplated leaving. In contrast, we have Rooney, a player whose agent has total control over him, one of the most talented forwards this country has ever seen, who has been in talks with our biggest rivals for months behind the back of the club, released a statement for the whole world to hear about his desire to leave, before settling on a much improved contract, making him easily the highest paid player at the club.

Any negative reaction that Rooney would get would in part be masked by the unavoidable positive reaction which always greets Scholes.

With some fans, who had played the indifference card when the team sheet was read out, feeling frustrated with the cheers, the reaction to him coming on the pitch was a lot more negative. There were still sections of the crowd cheering and clapping loudly as he came on but there were plenty of audible boos around the ground too.

Moments later, Paul Scholes’ song was sung loudly by all, to illustrate the point. Rooney didn’t get a song all game.

But whether booing or cheering, both reactions do our fans’ reputation no favours. Had the situation not been resolved and it looked like Rooney would be leaving in January, then boos would be more than acceptable. But given his U-Turn and decision to sign a new 5 year deal, booing your own player just isn’t on.

Equally, why on earth would people in the ground think he is deserving of cheers or special treatment? How small time is that? The lad told everyone he wanted to leave United and we know his chosen destination was Manchester fucking City, yet we’ll welcome him back with loving arms like the Prodigal Son because he decided he would wear our shirt for a mere £180k a week! On what planet do you have to be on to think he should be cheered for coming on the pitch?

For the time he was on the pitch, the reactions continued to be mixed. Some from the Stretford End tried chanting his name, whilst others tried to drown that out with boos. The same can be said at full time when he applauded the Stretford End as he walked off the pitch.

In terms of his performance: he missed a sitter, lost the ball too easily on a couple of occasions, and played a couple of really good balls. So, no different from the past 8 months.

Indifference is all the lad deserves. When he scores, we’ll cheer, because United have scored, but the small club mentality we witnessed today, in regards to both the boos and cheers, was very disappointing, although if we’re honest, totally expected.

I can’t imagine I’ll ever sing his song again. Very sad.

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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. willierednut says:

    Kiko the kid should start on the bench, every time he starts a game, he does nowt.

  2. denton davey says:

    Willie – that’s an accurate assessment as far as it goes. What’s missing is that when he starts he rarely gets much “service”. (In fact, this seems to be a common problem for anyone who plays the lone striker role at UTD.) When he comes on in the later stages of a game then the balance-of-play tilts torwards and he is, so to speak, in the center of things.

    Another curious thing about KikoTheKid is that when he scored against Villa last weekend I didn’t see one of those mob scenes/group hugs – I commented on the same lack of group solidarity directed towards him at some point last year when he had scored. The guy seems to be on a different page from his team-mates.

  3. willierednut says:

    Don’t think there’s much in that denton, the score was 2 1 at the time, the players were probably more concerned on getting the ball back and then getting on with the game. Maybe I’m being harsh on the lad, but he doesn’t seem to have much impact, when he starts any game. Strange decision from SAF to play him up on his own, when he had Rooney and Hernandez on the bench and for Berbatov, I’ll dodge that issue for now.

  4. Saad says:

    I dont have an opinion about the fans’ reception for Rooney but I did notice one thing: the Stretford End’s gasp was distinctly louder and more painful when Rooney’s excellent header was tipped over by Gomes. Love him or hate him, they want him to get back to scoring (on the field, that is!). They’ll worry about forgiveness after the end of the season when we audit our trophy cabinet.

  5. mattbw7 says:

    Wednesdayx says:
    well… by jugding these past months it sure as hell looked like it! and are you saying that rooney honestly didn’t want to leave the club but instead he got persuade by his agent?, so that’s your excuse for rooney? where the hell was his loyalty to the club?? and then there were talks to City?? ffs

    Up until the Bayern game he had carried us, even in the 2nd leg when clearly injured he fully influenced the game, then he was out injured, had a shit world cup and on August 14th his agent to told gill he was leaving.
    As for loyalty, he didnt come to us cos he loved us it was so we could pay him accordingly and provide a platform for success, so why should I expect loyalty from the prick. In my view the scenario is his agent has talks with city, a mega deal is outlined, stretforf sells it to rooney along two lines, one is UTD want you on the cheap and questioning our ambition, Rooney who we all know is not the sharpest knife in the drawer makes up his mind (though what challenge there is to be had at city I dont know, surely you want to go and win trophies in another european league).

    Now his agent needs to engineer a scenario that will sell to the fans, so we have the infamous statement about ambition etc etc, clearly designed to get us the fans on board, surely we feel the same way dont we? A pathetic own goal in my view, so he gets visited upon by a few more vociferous fans (and others ) and regardless of what was said outside his house he realised moving to city meant he couldn’t live or go out in the city again, ever, this coupled with a willingness by utd to keep negogiating kept him at the club (for now) it was all driven by greed and not medals, Rooney played his part for sure. I still think he will go and until I see him on MUTV actually say he’s staying then I cant support him.

    Now I need you to tell me where I have made an excuse for Rooney.

    He may be the best player in england but he’s just a modern proffesional footballer, who gives a fuck about no one but himself.

  6. RedScot says:

    For those that are looking for some sort of apology from Rooney I am sorry if this has been posted already He is giving an exclusive interview tommorow on MUTV at 4.00pm uk time.
    You can sit with your rotten eggs and soiled tomatoes, or put on your lippy and blow kisses.
    The choice is yours….. lol.
    There is truth in the Exclusive on MUTV at 4.00pm

  7. Wednesdayx says:

    @Redscot an apology is better than his stupid silence, but like someone said in here… rooney doesn’t owes us anything.

  8. willierednut says:

    RedScot – Ah bugger off you lol. Couldn’t give a toss what he says, just put the ball in the onion bag, is all I’m concerned with now. If he goes in the summer, so be it, United will continue to win trophies, with or without Rooney.

  9. Wednesdayx says:

    @mattbw7 i didn’t mean excuses, I meant your defense towards rooney but it looks like you and I aren’t going to agree, anyway I won’t be cheering rooney’s name anytime soon.

  10. mattbw7 says:

    Well wedsnedayx, it was more a condemnation than a defense but you are right its just an opinon, I like you won’t be cheering for the scouse twat.


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