Wayne Rooney has had quite a week. The England captain last week had the audacity to get drunk at England's team hotel, and such is the goldfish bowl in which the English players reside, a red-lipped Rooney was splashed across the front of the Sun newspaper. a couple of pictures of a ragged-looking Rooney accompanied a story claiming that he crashed a wedding that was taking place in the team hotel.
Rooney rushed out a public apology in the aftermath, but after United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal today, he was in a very different mood.
United's captain stopped briefly in the mixed zone to tell the assembled press that he was deeply pissed off about the headlines.
Rooney said that the media's treatment of him was "disgraceful", and that he would not let the critics "write my obituary".
What’s been going on is disgraceful.
I’m proud to play for my country and I’m proud of my achievements. It’s not finished yet. I think what’s been going on is disgraceful. It shows a lack of respect and I think enough to enough. That’s all I want to say.
He then doubled down on his views by releasing a statement to the BBC.
Enough is enough. It feels as if the media are trying to write my obituary and I won’t let that happen. I love playing for my country and I am proud of my achievements to date - but I have not finished yet.
Rooney was a largely ineffective second-half substitute earlier today as Olivier Giroud denied United a first home win since September with a header a minute from the end.
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