‘Romero has got BLOOD on his hands’: Manchester United fans jokingly criticise their own goalkeeper after he denied club legend Wayne Rooney’s late free-kick in FA Cup win over Derby
- REPORT: Wayne Rooney’s night ruined as Odion Ighalo nets brace in 3-0 win
- The former Manchester United striker found himself thwarted from a free-kick
- It looked set for the top corner before Sergio Romero got a strong hand to it
- A United fan joked Romero had ‘blood on his hands’ after denying Rooney a goal
- RECAP: Track exactly how the FA Cup fifth round match played out at Pride Park
Manchester United fans decided to take aim at goalkeeper Sergio Romero after he denied Wayne Rooney a late consolation in their 3-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Derby.
While some fans praised Romero’s ruthless commitment to keeping a clean sheet, others decided to poke fun at the heartless Romero for robbing Rooney of a goal on a night between his current and former side.
One fan even joked that ‘Romero has got blood on his hands’ after he tipped Rooney’s stoppage time free-kick over the bar.
Wayne Rooney tried to get a consolation goal against Manchester United with a free-kick
The Derby captain – formerly of United – whipped a free-kick from the left at Sergio Romero
It was heading towards the top corner before Romero scampered across to tip the ball over
United fans quickly joked that Romero was wrong to deny club legend Rooney a late goal
One fan even said that he was ‘kinda hoping it went in’ given the love fans have for Rooney
Rooney was all set to be the star of the show as his former team arrived at Pride Park on Thursday night with a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup up for grabs.
But Rooney’s influence was restricted by a savvy United and Romero was in no mood to sacrifice his clean sheet for Rooney, who had his name chanted by the United fans throughout, to get a late consolation.
The Derby captain stood over the set-piece, around 25 yards out and to the left side of the box.
Rooney’s son Kai could not believe Romero managed to reach the free-kick late in the game
Social media was dominated by the save with another fan joking that he had ‘booed’ Romero
A lot of fans were overcome with sentiment at the end but Romero was ruthless to keep it out
Rooney was applauded off by the United fans at the end as they acknowledged his status
After puffing out his cheeks, Rooney showed his technique has not faltered with age and his strike looked set to nestle in the top corner before Romero, in for No 1 David de Gea, scampered across to tip it over.
That save was applauded by the United defenders but fans were split online whether Romero needed to have more of a heart and let it past him.
One fan wrote: ‘Just booed Sergio Romero for making a save from Wayne Rooney’s free kick.’
Another added: ‘Romero said f*** sentiment I’m here for it.’
There was a sense that even United fans would not have begrudged Rooney a consolation goal given the result was already secure.
United took the lead in the first half through Luke Shaw before a brace from January signing Odion Ighalo ensured the result was beyond reasonable doubt.
It proved to be a frustrating night for the former United striker as Derby were well beaten
Odion Ighalo hit a brace as United cantered to a 3-0 win as they prepare to face Norwich next
Rooney was thwarted for much of the contest and struggled to make the telling contribution with United so well drilled defensively.
He was clapped off by the visiting supporters at the end and they produced no bad will to a player who remains a club legend at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now take on Norwich at Carrow Road in the quarter-finals, a game away from a place at Wembley in the last-four.
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