Wayne Rooney explains why he did not wave to Manchester United fans
Man United fans urged Wayne Rooney to give them a wave and when he refused sarcastically let him know what they thought of it.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney said he did not wave at Manchester United supporters as his loyalty is now to his current club.
United supporters sang, 'Rooney, Rooney, give us a wave' during the second-half of their 2-1 win at Derby but United's record goalscorer ignored their request.
After United supporters sardonically jeered Rooney, they treated him to a chorus of 'you Scouse b-----d' before serenading him with his 'He Goes By The Name Of Wayne Rooney' chant.
"Of course, I have a lot of respect for the club," Rooney said. "It is a club I love. I spent 13 years there. I am on the touchline as Derby County manager, so my loyalty has to go to Derby County.
"But at the Europa League final, I'm there supporting them on. There will be moments again where I am there as a Man United fan but in today's game my full focus and attention was on Derby County.”
Rooney believes there is added pressure on United this season amid their transfer activity. United have agreed to sign Jadon Sancho for £72.9million, are working on a deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and are interested in Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier.
United are also open to recruiting a midfielder as they gear up for an intended championship challenge but Rooney says the competition is bound to be even more intense.
“I think there will be a lot of pressure," Rooney added. "Which there should be with Manchester United. Sancho coming in, they are rumoured with a few more players. They are in a period now where the fans will be wanting success, silverware, and Ole and his coaching staff will be under pressure to deliver that.
"City this year, Chelsea Champions League winners, Liverpool last year, there are some very good teams, but you can see with Manchester United they are getting gradually better.
"I think they will be in a place where they really will challenge next season.”