Man Utd fans furious with Wayne Rooney’s opinion of Glazer family’s role at club

Manchester United fans are seriously unhappy with Wayne Rooney after the former striker said he thought the Glazers had done "a fantastic job" at the club.

During a pre-match press conference ahead of his D.C. United side's clash with Toronto, Rooney was asked for his views on the takeover saga as well as his opinion on the American owners, who it's fair to say aren't all that popular in Manchester.

"Firstly I think the Glazers have done a fantastic job," the former England captain told reporters. "They signed me in 2004 so they've been at the club for 20 years now and I think they've always allowed the managers to bring in the players that they want."

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Rooney later acknowledged that "the fans want change" and insisted the club needed to find owners who can re-establish the glory years at Old Trafford, but that didn't stop him from getting slated online, with some even accusing him of being "on the Glazers' payroll".

"Shameless from Rooney this, absolutely no need. Surely he's aware of how the fans feel, why does he feel he need to defend those b******?" one supporter tweeted.

A second fumed: "Must be on the Glazer's payroll," while a third labelled the Liverpool-born star: "Wayne Boo-ney".

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The Glazers have had stakes in United since 2003, but didn't take full control of the club until 2005. Despite the team having plenty of initial on-field success under their ownership, many fans grew concerned with the level of debt the club would have to take on, having been debt-free for so many years.

Supporter protests against the family have been common in the 18 years since, and ill-feeling towards them has intensified in the mostly-trophyless decade since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

The Glazers put the club up for sale in November and received two takeover bids earlier this month – one from a group of Qatari investors and the other from a consortium led by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

However, they could end up staying at Old Trafford after being offered financial backing from an American hedge fund, around the same time the takeover bids were lodged.

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