Wayne Rooney lasted less than an hour of Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool – and made his feelings on the subject very clear.
In a largely uneventful match between the two local rivals, the Everton midfielder was replaced by manager Sam Allardyce to help the Toffees end a 16-game winless run against the Reds, much to Rooney’s disgust.
The former Manchester United captain completely blanked the outstretched hand of his manager before taking his bench on the bench. He then snatched a substitutes’ jacket and it looked for all the world like he called the decision “bullshit” – that is certainly how it appeared on television cameras, in any effect.
Think Rooney just shouted ‘BULLSHIT’ on the bench then
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) April 7, 2018
“Bullshit” says Rooney as he takes his place on the bench
— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) April 7, 2018
Wayne Rooney appeared to shout “Fucking bullshit” from the bench. Honest and accurate assessment of the game. He’s got the makings of being an excellent pundit.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 7, 2018
Allardyce wasn’t overly bothered with Rooney’s reaction to being taken off, and reminded the former England international that no player at Goodison Park is too big to be taken off if their performance is not up to scratch:
“Nobody is too big to be brought off.
“He’s bound to be disappointed, but I make the decisions, and those decisions I think have made the team more of an attacking force today, and gave us more opportunities to win the game.”
The draw leaves Everton in ninth place in the Premier League table, just inside the top half but lagging way behind in the race for the European places.