Old Trafford hero ready for uncomfortable afternoon.
Wayne Rooney visit does not require extra security, say Everton
Everton have no special plans to increase security at Goodison Park on account of Wayne Rooney on Saturday, when the Manchester United striker is expected to make his first appearance in the Premier League since allegations were published about his private life.
Rooney’s England team-mate and Everton defender Phil Jagielka has warned the 24-year-old to expect another hostile reception when he returns to face his boyhood club at the end of a week when he has dominated many newspapers’ front pages. “He normally gets quite a bit of stick anyway and I can’t see that changing on Saturday,” said Jagielka.
Everton, however, see no reason to bolster the security presence at Goodison on the basis of allegations that are unconnected to football and concern a former player’s private life. The visit of Manchester United is one of two “Category A” league matches that warrant an increase in police numbers at Goodison every season – city rivals Liverpool being the other – but that has been the practice since before Rooney left for Old Trafford in 2004. (Daily Telegraph)
Wayne Rooney knows what to expect tomorrow when he returns to Goodison Park and I sincerely believe that his recent off field antics will have little or no effect on the level of abuse he receives from his former supporters, it comes with the territory.
The 24 year old left the club in bitter circumstances and football fans have longer memories than most and as long as any abuse doesn’t cross the line and only involves verbal assaults rather than physical attacks, then no one will bat an eyelid.
What odds that the England man scores a goal or two?