Fans turn on Roo

Supporters angry as striker looks to leave Old Trafford

Last Updated: 19/10/10 4:30pm

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Rooney: Fans unhappy with his decision

Rooney: Fans unhappy with his decision

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Manchester United fans have been quick to turn on Wayne Rooney after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the England striker has asked to leave Old Trafford.

"We've given this boy a chance to become a legend at the greatest club in the world and he wants to throw it all away."
Man Utd fan Kevin Stephenson Quotes of the week

Within minutes of the press conference which saw Ferguson confirm the 24-year-old has called off contract negotiations, skysports.com readers got in touch with us to air their views.

And while some could understand Rooney's desire to move to pastures new, the majority of Red Devils fans were quick to condemn their 'hero's' actions.

Daniel Smith was first to get in touch and his reaction mirrored that of many United fans. He commented: "Well it's been confirmed Rooney wants to go. I say let him! I don't want players at the club I love that don't want to be there!!! United have done so much for him but he's quick to forget that."

Darren White was also left dumfounded and said: "I feel physically sick...The fans have been superb to you and you want to leave before the season even started? Unbelievably disappointed and upset."

United fan Colin Martin took the news even harder and even admitted to shedding a tear. He said: "I was sitting at work and found out. I cried. Mufc will never be the same again."

Many fans had been thinking the press reports indicating Rooney was looking to quit Old Trafford were wide of the mark, including Kevin Stephenson who said: "Absolutely stunned. Even when all the reports were in the papers this morning I still thought that this couldn't happen. We've given this boy a chance to become a legend at the greatest club in the world and he wants to throw it all away."

Stephenson was also quick to point out that Rooney's former club may benefit from any sale and added: "No-one seems to have mentioned the 25 per cent sell on clause Everton had inserted following his transfer in 2004? Watch this space for a player-swap deal instead!"

Once they had absorbed the news, many United fans were quick to point out that the club will continue to prosper even without their prized asset.

Money-grabbing

Chris Roberts said: "Once a player wants to leave and his heart is no longer in it, get rid. That is what's happened to Rooney, you could see he wasn't right at the World Cup. Sad, but we'll get over it. United are bigger than any one player."

Owen Laughran echoed the comments, saying: "It's amazing how quick so called devoted players change their minds, probably with a little help from their money-grabbing agents. I say sell Rooney to the highest bidder and buy someone else who can do the job."

Other supporters feel Rooney is showing a lack of gratitude. Paul Grimshaw said: "When a player wants to leave what can you do? I think it does show a distinct lack of respect and appreciation for the club that has developed his raw talent ... he will have damaged his relationship permanently with the Old Trafford faithful. No one likes to be hurt by someone you admire and accept as one of your own."

Sarah Norman added: "Let him go. It's as simple as that. It's about time players realised they are only as big as the team they play for.....He obviously thinks he's too important. Look what happened to (David) Beckham after he got shifted....never really re-gained form!"

And Paul Streamer can see only one destination for the England striker - Eastlands - and said: "Rooney thinks he is bigger than the club, so it's time for him to move on. He'll probably join that other mercenary (Carlos) Tevez at City, I hope they win nothing, because that's what they deserve."

Ferguson appeared stunned as he announced Rooney wanted to leave Old Trafford but many fans feel the United manager will emerge stronger. Tony McElroy said: "If Rooney wants to go, let him leave. We have lost players like (Jaap) Stam, Beckham, (Roy) Keane and Ronaldo. Everyone can be replaced. In Fergie we trust!"

But Jack Bradley went one stop further and hopes the manager makes Rooney rot in the reserves: "Fergie better not pick him any more!! if he does not want to play for us anymore than so be it. I don't want him in our team.

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