@ psychotron: Yes, everybody cheats. But Rooney is the lesser evil on the cheating counts if you compare him to his contemporaries over the last half a decade who have been top dogs at random points. Drogba, Torres, Adebayor, serial fucking divers. Almost compulsive. At least Rooney puts in a fight sometimes. Something which you cannot really say about the rest (Torres, maybe a little, but Drog & Ade, hell no!).
I wasn't discussing relatives here. Zoso made a (fairly ludicrous) claim that opposition fans should admire Rooney for his "refusal to go down easily", which is absolute drivel. If you read my point carefully, I've mentioned VERY clearly that almost everyone dives these days. It's the likes of Rooney and Gerrard who come out with hypocritical nonsense about being "honest" and never diving. But hey ho, let's ignore that point.
Also, I am sick and tired of Arsenal fans using Rooney's dive being the reason Arsenal's 49-match unbeaten run ended. Blame it on the cheating, convenient. The fact remains that Arsenal were completely outclassed that night. Giggsy came close several times, and so did Scholes & Heinze. We scored 1 more goal. Remember Rooney from about 8 yards out? And remember Cashley practically bundling CR7 and still not getting penalized for it? That was a penalty. So, justice served, in the end. All Arsenal had that game was one good chance for Bergkamp and a half-chance for Thierry. C'est tout.
You lost, and you lost clean. Admit it.
Revisionism at its finest.
Or do you not remember Ljungberg being clean through on goal and Ferdinand, realizing that there was no way he was catching Freddie for pace, barging into Ljungberg, and not being issued a card ? Despite being last man, may I add.
Or the inbred Neville brothers kicking lumps out of Reyes without any action taken against them ? Admittedly, Reyes was a bit of a mama's boy...but some of the tackels onh im were just ridiculous. Remember when he nutmegged Gary Neville and got absolutely scythed down from the back in return ?
Or do you not remember the knee high studs-up challenge by Heinze on Ashley Cole ?
That's not even the point. I'll even admit that we shouldn't have let that match derail our season. But to paint it as if the Rooney dive was a "minor" one and there were no other incidents in that match is re-writing history. Andy Gray said something after the match akin to "today, homicide would have been a yellow card."
The point I was trying to make is that Zoso's assertion that opposition fans should somehow feel "love" for Rooney because he isn't a cheat is absolutely laughworthy. There are United players that I admire and respect (Giggs, Scholes, even that twat Keane) but for Rooney, I reserve nothing but contempt. So far, his shenanigans this season have done nothing but reinforce that.