Calm down calm down calm down – City’s message to Rooney

City won the Manchester derby 2-1, so there’s no way the following observations on England and Manchester United’s captain can be categorised as ‘sour grapes’ or the grunts of a sore loser.

Keep your hair on - Rooney's root problem is that he's past it.

Keep your hair on – Rooney’s root problem is that he’s past it.

Wayne Rooney is thoroughly despicable on the field of play, at each and every sky blue versus red derby day. He is a cheating, conniving and manipulative ‘has-been’ who, as his once great talents recede quicker than his hairline, resorts more and more to pathetic and ridiculous histrionics in an attempt to get his own way.

Without fail he whinges, whines and appeals for phantom penalties, getting in the face of every referee every time. His default stance is to throw his arms out wide – crucifixion style – as if to symbolise his self deluded persecution.

Rooney would have us believe he is always the victim and never the sinner.

Never a penalty but Jose swore it was, whereas Rooney just carried on swearing.

Never a penalty but Jose swore it was, whereas Rooney just carried on swearing.

Without fail he is reckless when faced with adversity, throwing hissy fits, seemingly unperturbed if he injures opponents, exaggerating opposition tackles/fouls and urging refs to yellow and red card opponents here, there and everywhere.

He loves to dish it out, clattering into tackles, but when a warrior like Nicolas Otamendi stands up to the bully boy on the block, Rooney becomes all mouth and no trousers – and what a mouth.

How Rooney managed to stay on for the 90 odd minutes of City’s convincing win is beyond the wit of those who weren’t wearing red-tinted glasses at the Theatre of Screams on Saturday.

The supposed clampdown on players showing dissent and verbally abusing officials seemed to fall on deaf ears where Mark Clattenburg and his assistants were concerned.

Clattenburg eventually succumbed to the inevitable booking for Rooney, but the United skipper should have been sent off for an accumulation of bookable offences.

Clattenburg eventually succumbed to the inevitable booking for Rooney, but the United skipper should have been sent off for an accumulation of bookable offences.

Rooney with a mouth as wide as the Mersey, never stopped, and certainly seemed to invite ‘Mark’ – as Mourinho affectionately referred  to Clattenburg after the match – to go forth and multiply, as Wayne’s toys came out of the pram.

Rooney nigh on got his expensive and ill-conceived hair transplant off with Pep Guardiola, when City’s manager had temporary charge of the ball, before a United throw-in.

So how and why does ‘Shrek’ – the not so affectionately term applied to Rooney by City’s fans – get away with it time and time and time again?

Is it because he’s the Captain of England and therefore afforded more leeway?

Pep talk - Rooney used some choice words on Guardiola but the City manager laughed it off - it's what winners do.

Pep talk – Rooney used some choice words on Guardiola but the City manager laughed it off – it’s what winners do.

As the skipper of our lamentable under-achieving national side, Rooney is supposed to be some sort of role model, one which kids and younger players should look to as a shining example.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Blimey, even the bulk of United fans want him, and his £300k-a-week salary, gone.

From a City perspective, the Blues will be delighted if the vanquished Trafford Troglodytes hang on to him for years to come, at great expense and ever diminishing returns.

Rooney wasn't a total loser as City won their 50th Manchester derby. Wazzer won the 'Where's Pogba Gone?' competition.

Rooney wasn’t a total loser as City won their 50th Manchester derby. Wazzer won the ‘Where’s Pogba Gone?’ competition.

‘Wazzer’ was once a very dangerous foe – never in a million years ‘world class’ – but most definitely a fearsome opponent, who presently holds the record (11) for most goals scored in Manchester derbies.

Obviously that record will fall to Sergio Aguero in no time at all – if the FA stop banning the Argentine super striker from City and United encounters.

In the meantime it can only be to City’s advantage to keep seeing Wayne – as wearisome as his antics have become – line up in the red ranks.


By David Walker @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. September 11, 2016  9:00 pm by David Bickerdike Reply

    As arrogant, vile and as much of a gobshite as his club ....

    • September 11, 2016  11:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      A very succinct and apt observation.

  2. September 11, 2016  11:05 pm by Rob Reply

    Great article. The truth always hurts.

    • September 11, 2016  11:42 pm by David Walker Reply

      As long as it only hurts Rooney and United, in which case we're good, in fact we're more than good.

  3. September 11, 2016  11:19 pm by CiTyBlUe Reply

    Always over rated even at Everton, always goes missing at the World Cup. Playing him as a Midfielder? got to be utterly stupid to think he's capable.

    • September 11, 2016  11:41 pm by David Walker Reply

      Sounds about right. United should have utilised Rooney's talent for disappearing at vital moments, they should have used him as a 'profile case' and that way, they might have found Paul Pogba on Saturday afternoon. It didn't happen ;-)

  4. September 12, 2016  1:33 am by simon Reply

    A club that goes on as the only club from Manchester are a disgrace to Manchester , city have been the face a Scouse rejects for decades. A true Mancunian club? How can you be when your in bed with Liverpool. Now funded by blood money, funded by a terrorist sympathiser state who washes terrorist money, good on you blue t?wats.

    • September 12, 2016  7:11 am by David Walker Reply

      As Buzz Lightyear said to Woody in Toy Story "You are a sad, strange little man." Not only that you're a very bitter, ignorant, ill-informed and racist little man.

  5. September 12, 2016  1:37 am by simon Reply

    Ps bet you dont post my previous comment, true hurts, its only what all true mancs think, JOG ON BACK DOWN THE A6 TO STOCKPORT.

    8 things that didn't exist 12 years ago

    Snap chat

    • September 12, 2016  7:15 am by David Walker Reply

      You're also not very good when it comes to being a betting man - all of the previous adjectives still apply. The fact you felt moved to express your bile and venom on a Manchester City based blog makes your bitterness all the sweeter. Don't forget your joggers as you leave, oh and switch the light off when you go. Cheers pal.

    • September 12, 2016  9:12 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply


      Not good at research are you? Facebook was launched in February 2004 and Twitter was launched in December 2002 - both more than 12 years ago. Oh, and I have been a City supporter since 1962!!

      • September 12, 2016  9:56 am by David Walker Reply

        Nice stats George :-) almost as nice as the numbers coming out of The Swamp on Saturday afternoon.

  6. September 12, 2016  1:52 am by Hubs Reply

    city deserve the win

  7. September 12, 2016  7:54 am by Doug Sharp Reply

    Saturday demonstrated a real class divide in Manchester. City were sublime, gracious and artful. United resorted to fouling, abuse of referee and blaming everyone for their inept petformance. Actually, both teams reflected the difference in class between the managers.

    Good to have RBNR back, Dave. Blogs are spot on as usual.

    • September 12, 2016  8:26 am by David Walker Reply

      The beauty of this is that we're only 6 games into Pep's tenure and we were missing Kompany Gundogan and Aguero and, lest we forget, Jesus is coming. So many Messiahs all in the same place - hallelujah. Cheers Doug.

  8. September 12, 2016  8:15 am by Pete lynch Reply

    Horrible prick

    • September 12, 2016  8:27 am by David Walker Reply

      I only wrote the blog...oh, you meant dear old Wayne :-)

      Cheers fella.

  9. September 12, 2016  9:38 am by Philip Entiwistle Reply

    Welcome back Dave, the truth will out and Pep will deliver his philosophy and success to City, Mourinho will buy a bigger bus to park.

    • September 12, 2016  9:58 am by David Walker Reply

      Better make it a double decker...and I don't mean the chocolate bar, that's far too sweet for the sour faced not-so-special one.

  10. September 12, 2016  11:24 am by Richard Cooper Reply

    As I said on FB Wayne is not a good role model for England captain - petulant, arrogant and am sure he thinks he should get preferential treatment because of his apparent status.
    Have indulged in some Dahl-isms :
    Pogba : Froggyhideyman
    Jose : Surlypoutyman
    Bravo : UtterleyButterleyteflonman
    Bit daft I know !!!

    • September 12, 2016  11:30 am by David Walker Reply

      Little known fact but Roald Dahl's parents couldn't spell Ronald :-) Thanks as ever for the feedback RC, here's hoping there'll be no flies on Bravo and the ball starts sticking better within his grasp in the future. I'm sure it will.

  11. September 12, 2016  12:28 pm by Mark Turner Reply

    Great to have RBNR articles back David - I fully appreciate the time, effort and creativity required so thank you :)
    Very accurate commentary from you on the petulant behaviour from Shrek. Whilst It is a joy to watch his skills decline and I hope he remains first on the rags team sheet for a long time to come, the teflon quality he has acquired is concerning.Mind you, there was a plethora of thuggery demonstrated by the rest of his colleagues on Saturday, all missed (or ignored) by 'Mark', and whilst we all know this is part of their brand its a shame their friends in the FA don't want to clamp down on their behaviours to protect the wider and more important brand of football.
    Meanwhile what is simple Simon on about? The tired old barb regarding City fans being modern day glory hunters is laughable. I read some research recently in which club attendances for all English clubs were analysed over history. Only three clubs can proudly claim their attendances have not been impacted by fluctuations in the team success, we were one of them along with Newcastle and Chelsea.
    Its a shame Simon is wasting his time on social media as he is depriving a village somewhere in the UK of a perfectly good idiot.
    Best Wishes always

    • September 12, 2016  12:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      Superb stuff Mark - I fully appreciate such comprehensive and 'laugh out loud' comments'. Last I heard, our friend Simon was working on a modern day cover of George Formby's 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' - Simon's contemporary Drum & Base version is titled 'When I'm Licking Windows'. The poor lad is proving to be a bit of a pane.

  12. September 12, 2016  6:36 pm by Steve Clipston Reply

    Go David - Love it.

  13. September 12, 2016  8:43 pm by Guv Reply

    Granny Shagger gob shite

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