Fans besiege Rooney's house

2010-10-22 08:06

Manchester - Police have dispersed angry Manchester United fans who were besieging the house of club superstar Wayne Rooney reportedly in protest at his decision to quit.

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Officers were called out late on Thursday after a mob of up to 30 supporters descended on the star's 4.5-million-pound mansion in Prestbury, close to Manchester.

It came shortly after a crisis meeting at the club failed to resolve the future of Rooney, whose decision to walk away from Manchester United after six years has sent shockwaves through the world of English football.

Fans have been incensed by the news, and reports that the striker could be snapped up by local arch rivals Manchester City have only added to their sense of betrayal.

The balaclava-clad fans arrived at Rooney's house - which he shares with his wife Coleen and son Kai - in a convoy of cars and repeatedly buzzed on his intercom, reported Britain's Sun newspaper.

They warned the striker not to sign for Man City before police arrived and threatened to arrest them unless they dispersed, said the paper. Six security guards reportedly came to stand watch at the house after the incident.

A local police spokesperson said at 21:30 SA time "a call was received from a resident in Prestbury regarding 20 to 30 people assembling outside their address.

"Police attended the scene and the group dispersed peacefully. No offences were committed."

Earlier Thursday, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson held talks with the club's chief executive David Gill and Rooney's representatives but the club said afterwards there were "no developments" and asked fans to remain patient.

On Wednesday, Rooney said he was leaving because he believed United were no longer able to match his ambition by being able to compete in the transfer market for the world's best players.

Rooney's comments appeared to slam shut any chance of the striker being able to settle his differences with the club after Ferguson said on Tuesday the door was still open to a solution.

A furious Ferguson had reacted on Wednesday by telling reporters following United's 1-0 Champions League victory over Bursaspor that the club had called a meeting in order to "put the issue to bed".

But the club did not release any further details on why Thursday's talks had failed to resolve the issue.

Ferguson has not speculated on what course of action he may take but it seems likely that Rooney has played his last game in a United shirt and that the club will seek to sell him as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Rooney, the figurehead of the United team and one of the world's most talented footballers, had stunned his employers by breaking off negotiations over a new contract and informing them he wished to leave.

With only 18 months left to run on his current 90,000 pounds (140,000 dollars) per week deal, United are now likely to offload Rooney as quickly as possible before his value, around 50 million pounds (79 million dollars), begins to depreciate.

Rooney would be able to leave United for free if he saw out the remainder of his contract.

Most reports have said that Manchester City are the favourites to sign Rooney.

City, owned by Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, would comfortably be able to pay both the 50-million-pound transfer fee and Rooney's salary demands, expected to be more than 200 000 pounds per week.

Ferguson warned Rooney that any move to a new club was unlikely to be an improvement on United, where he has already accumulated eight major trophies in the six years since he signed from Everton as a teenager in 2004.

"Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it's a better cow than the one you've got in your own field," Ferguson remarked.

"And it never really works out that way."

While the football world waits to discover Rooney's fate, his team-mates are trying to block out the controversy as they focus on Sunday's Premier League trip to Stoke. United are already five points behind leaders Chelsea.


  • glen - 2010-10-22 08:23

    His salary changes with every article ?Lets get what he REALLY earns .

  • Lilian - 2010-10-22 08:59

    Not being a United fan I can't help but giggle at the hysteria surrounding Rooney. I have always said he is an average player and he is proving just that. Once defenders worked out how to take him on he has been exposed as one dimensional. He had been made to look good with Rinaldo and Tevez passing him great balls that even mr average couldn't miss. The problem with him is his head is too big and he is too greedy. Anyhow the circus continues by the minute. LOL!!!!

  • AJ - 2010-10-22 09:00

    Were they all carrying placards saying 'Please shoot us, we dont have a life!'?

  • Red Manc - 2010-10-22 09:13

    And it goes on .. Let the twit go , the more fuss made the higher his opinion of himself gets , and the higher his wage demands gets . He is an okay player but not worth what he is asking - that is his agent's valuation of him , not the market value for a player who cannot find the back of the net for club or country .

  • AL @ Lilian - 2010-10-22 09:22

    An "average player" - that scored 42 goals last season????? Rooney is probably the only forward that will track back the full field to make a goal saving tackle then 2 minutes later be up front scoring a goal. It was his passes to Tevez and Ronaldo that brought in the goals. I personally feel he is really going about things the wrong way. It will be a sad loss to the team but at the end of the day the team is what counts.

  • G Makoni - 2010-10-22 09:35

    My take of the Roo issue is that he is trying to sacrifice his club and shift attention from his unbecoming character by quitting the club. The club is always bigger than an individual but he has to work out his personality and stop flirting around if he is to enjoy life. It's amazing how he now wants out from the club which understtod him and protected him after his unbecoming private life. He must know that he cannot continue to stretch the patiences of the the fans who have put up with defending him after a poor private life and disgusting stats recently on the field. He must know that salary everywhere else is performance based, who would want to pay $200 000 per week to someone who scores once in 21 appearances?

  • lillian - 2010-10-22 09:37

    send him to Afganistan.... its obsene the amount of money he earns while so many have nothing. He is such an arrogant sod, let him go and his wife should boot him out too.

  • Neil - 2010-10-22 09:44

    Quote from article above...... "On Wednesday, Rooney said he was leaving because he believed United were no longer able to match his ambition by being able to compete in the transfer market for the world's best players." Fine comment coming from a "world class striker" who only has one premier league goal to his name this season. Wayne just remember..............people who live in glass houses.........

  • United fan... - 2010-10-22 09:51

    Pity... you can take the idiot out of the suburb... but that will not change the fact that he has become a money hungry wife cheater... !!!! get rid of him, United have always made better hereos and players... there are lots of other to take his place... Punk!!!

  • BWM - 2010-10-22 10:23

    Rooney is not better than MUF and is big headed and he must leave at once.This season he did nothing for the club, he only scored one goal and it was a penalty, just imagine.

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  • Lilian - 2010-10-22 10:51

    @AL. Yes he scored plenty of goals last season of which about 15 were penalties! And don't forget Manchester Uniteds own goal tally was almost 20. Anyhow, not being a United fan and always believing he was an average player I can't help laughing at the about turn of the United supporters who thought he was the best thing since sliced bread! He is and always will be just an overhyped player of average talent!

  • Nash The Gunner - 2010-10-22 10:56

    @ AL: I'm glad to see you haven't jumped on the bandwagon like the other Man U fans on this forum have. last season everyone sang his praises and someone even suggested that he would be knighted. Now that he wants to leave everyone is crucifying him like he owes them anything. bunch of hypocrites... but much respect to AL, a true supporter. @ AJ: great comment

  • Smiler - 2010-10-22 11:13

    He has aweak ankle. So from now on every defender will step on it over 90 minutes and he will be a nothing. I feel, like Beckahm, he will go elsewhere and just smooze along as an average injury prone palyer and quit at 28 and become a drunken bum chasing after lower class prostitues, than he has been doing. MU will always produce the great palyers it has done in the past.Maybe with him out of the way some of the players will start to shine and show their true form. he was a flash in the pan for last season but 1 gola so far this season for that money he gets paid. Please he is a has-been already.

  • Joy - 2010-10-22 12:22

    Nothing really special about Rooney - he will never ever rate amongst the best . England has a serious lack of talent from 2000 , so when a player with above average skills comes along they worship him like a God , praise him when he exceeds and then boo him when hes off form , good for you Rooney , many clubs want you . In your face Fergie - players can now choose themselves if they stay or go , you no longer wield the power you once had, and face the facts - Man united IS and WILL remain a spent force for the next 3-5 years - you do not have the players to win any silerware - look around you and give more joungsters a chance to advance instead of buying players from another country

  • Johan - 2010-10-22 18:31

    Wanted to see what he could do in SA for the RWC! What a disappointment! Pathetic character! MU must be desparate if they want to keep him!

  • Roonie - 2010-10-23 10:49

    Rooney is a kant . Simple . I still support MU but this guy must go . Hopefulle his wife leaves him and takes everything and he loses his legs or something . Haven't seen this guy play good football in a year . aashole

  • Clint - 2010-10-25 15:57

    Firstly @ Johan it was not the RWC " Rugby World Cup" it soccer... enough said you got sport mixed up so shhhh. I am a huge Man utd fan and always will be, I was peed at rooney for what he did and said but there would be no reason to insult a man who was one of the building blocks in building the man utd team to the great team it is. we going through a quieter time at the moment but watch this space, after we win the league again.. and liver... something gets relegated... :) @ AL ur the only guy here that knows WTF he is talking about.... regarding the RWC???!?!? PMSL

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