Hate is a strong word. So strong in fact that if your star striker uses it in relation to your next opponents and main title rivals then you had better do some Stalin-esque revisionism pronto. Manchester United had to employ just such tactics after Wayne Rooney claimed to hate Liverpool.
Rooney said: “I’m very excited about the game because I grew up as an Everton fan hating Liverpool — and that hasn’t changed.” An article entitled Rooney out to finish off Liverpool was published yesterday on United’s official website and contained that original quote.
But within a couple of hours Rooney seemed to have a slight change of heart and opted for the less controversial quote: “I’m also very excited about the game because I grew up as an Everton fan.”
We are sure that this is all down to underhand tactics by the media. That devious journalist from, erm… MUTV who conducted the interview was obviously out to bring United down.