Wayne Rooney, Manchester United And Contempt


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. David Howell says:

    Not only does this story have mileage left, but the final chapters of this story will help determine the shape of the Premier League for years to come.

    If United are lumbered with a £50m contract for a declining player, that makes it dramatically more likely – almost certain, I would say – that the Liverpool scenario will start to play out at Old Trafford.

  2. Phnom Penh Andy says:

    I don’t think any rational United fan will be able to criticise the Glazers whilst lauding Rooney now; they have treated the fans in exactly the same fashion – with utter contempt.

    What would be real poetry is if Hernandez, who aseems like a young wholesome foreign sort, in sharp contradistiction to the vulgar chav (as allegedly Kiko described Rooney), maintains his form and renders “bigger than the club” Rooney surplus to requirements.

  1. October 22, 2010

    […] Wayne Rooney, Manchester Uniter and Contempt“Manchester United supporters have learnt a tough lesson this week. The fact that footballers are mercenaries may be common knowledge amongst fans of most clubs, but Manchester United, by virtue of their sheer scale, have been largely insulated from this. They have been able to hang on to the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs for years and years, and have been afford one major luxury that is denied to almost every other club – they sell, by and large, only when they need to sell and they feel that a player is surplus to requirements. Comments to the effect that they are not matching the ambitions of a player (a deliberately ambiguous statement – ‘not matching ambitions’ can quite easily be extended in its interpretation to ‘not doubling my wages’) are not something that they are used to.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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