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Wayne Rooney Has A Temper Tantrum Against Besiktas

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Every once in a while, the Wayne Rooney we remember from Everton and his early days at Manchester United reveals himself. The lad with the uncontrollable temper who would lash out at opposing players and be a liability to the team he was playing for.

For a few seconds last night, that Wayne Rooney returned for Manchester United after he got subbed. The above video shows how Rooney was not pleased at the decision, and shook his head to let the world know it. He seemed to get into a minor altercation with the crowd when he approached the bench. But as soon as he sat down and began to take off his football boot, he slammed in to the ground in a fit of rage.

For Wayne Rooney who’s on top of his game right now, the episode is frustrating to watch for me as a viewer because he’s so close to being the complete professional nowadays. He has the composure on the pitch to not lash out any more. He keeps his anger in check and funnels his energy into his playing abilities.

But underneath those incredible skills that he has, he obviously still has a weakness which is his temper. For opposing sides in the 2010 World Cup, they should keep this in mind as they try to unsettle the striker and get him off his game. It’s definitely a weakness that England need to pay attention to.

The other concern is that from a very controlled performance by Manchester United, the few seconds of Rooney’s temper tantrum becomes the story from last night. Instead of focusing on Antonio Valencia’s poor performance or the way Manchester United played well as a tight unit, the focus is on Rooney and his idiotic actions. It’s just not me either. The lead story on Through The Night from Sky Sports last night was the Rooney incident.

Let’s hope Rooney can learn from this experience and grow as an individual. He can’t expect to play 90 minutes of every game. Some of his frustration last night may have been about his own performance in addition to the fact that Michael Owen came on for him, but he needs to move on and channel his energies into more positive performances beginning this weekend against Manchester City.

Thanks to Off The Post for uncovering the video clip.

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34 Responses to Wayne Rooney Has A Temper Tantrum Against Besiktas

  1. Thomas says:

    Valencia’s performance last night was absolutely not poor. The first half he was involved in almost every goal-scoring chance. The second half was not the best one but i would still call it a good performance.

    • Jake says:

      He was awful. What were you watching? He and Nani were black holes out there. Anytime they get the ball it was an instant turnover. Valencia couldn’t generate a single chance for himself or anyone else, all he did was attempt to do something and then lose the ball all on his own.

      • Laurence says:

        Do you mean the Nani and Valencia that were key in the build-up for United’s goal?

        Apart from that they didn’t have a great night, but they were key to the system and Fergie put his trust in them. It was never going to be an easy win.

  2. ovalball says:

    Why is it you do not see that behavior in any other sport but soccer? Players are subbed in sports all the time with no histrionics. Only in soccer do we see the petulant temper tantrum as if the world is going to come to an end because “I” am not on the field.

    The worst case I remember is Renaldo’s last year when Ferguson took him out late in a match (he already had a goal and ManU was way ahead) and the little boy had an absolute conniption.

    I just don’t get it.

    • not true. This sometimes happens in baseball, and basketball.

      • Jake says:

        Also, in other sports players can go back in after they take a break for as long as they want. It’s a little different. It’s kinda nice to see a guy who had been running around for over an hour to be mad he has to go sit out when his team is tied with Besiktas.

      • ovalball says:

        Yes and no. In baseball it’s usually a pitcher who has just walked in two runs. If he hits the cooler or throws his glove it’s because he’s mad at himself for screwing up, not because he’s incredulous he’s been taken out or trying to show up the manager. Basketball? I’ll have to take your word for it. I watch no pro hoops.

        The no re-substitution idea mentioned in posts below does probably have something to do with it, but it still looks small and self-centered to me.

        Oh well, it’s not earth shattering. Just another part of the beautiful game.

  3. Ron Sloan says:

    It’s a diversion. Rooney was told to draw attention during the sub in order to take the pressure off of Valencia, who is trying to replace Ronaldo.

    Honestly, what’s the big deal? I think it’s completely fine for a competitor at his level to be frustrated that he didn’t score and was subbed. That reaction wasn’t a tantrum at all. Give the guy a break!

  4. hank says:

    Who cares if he throws his boots on the ground when he’s been subbed? as long as he doesn’t do it on the pitch, I think he’s doing pretty well.

    As for comparisons to other sports: Soccer has very limited subs, so players have an expectation that they’ll play the full 90. In most other sports with subs, players know they’re going to be substituted – often both, in and out, several times during the match. That doesn’t make it any less silly to get angry about being subbed, but I think its why you see the frustration more often than in other sports.

    Btw, am I the only one who thought the play-by-play on ESPN for the United game was aweful? I’m normally a fan of the international feed, but between the weird delivery, and the all the time spent covering (or ruining, from my perspective) other matches I wanted to strangle whomever it was.

    • Jake says:

      I agree, the play by play was terrible. It was incredibly boring and I could not believe they kept announcing every time a goal was scored in other matches. Who does that?!

    • babaya says:

      Agree. The commentator was Tim White. He was awful and seemed to be more concerned with the other matches.

  5. V says:

    Somewhat off-topic: the commentary for the United match on Fox Soccer Channel last night (airing at 10PM) was not only plagued by audio problems, but featured a single commentator who announced literally every single goal from the other matches, effectively spoiling any further tape-delayed broadcasts (Juventus v. Bordeaux in the middle of the night, and Real Madrid v. FC Zurich this morning). This was deeply disappointing from FSC.

    The matches shown earlier in the day (Marseille v. Milan and Chelsea v. Porto), however, featured British commentary duos (Des Curran, other Setanta regulars?).

    Does anyone who happened to watch those earlier matches live remember whether they discussed results/goals from other matches? Because here FSC actually did the right thing: they did not show any graphics or tickers, and at halftime did not even discuss other results. They simply announced the air times of the tape-delayed broadcasts.

    I have a feeling that the commentators from the earlier matches do not discuss live results (hopefully) and that the 10PM United commentator was a clueless FSC guy…

    Thoughts?

    • babaya says:

      No other commentators discussed the other matches. I was impressed by the FSC coverage for the fact that they did not reveal any other results. If the Man Utd match would have been show live, that would have thrown their entire coverage off.

      • The Gaffer says:

        That was precisely the problem I experienced. i watched the Besiktas v Manchester United game, which was live on FSN, but commentator Tim White was revealing the scorelines from all of the other games during the match commentary.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

        • V says:

          Thanks for your replies. Hopefully FSC can get this sorted out so that fans can take in as much glorious Champions League action as possible…

  6. Joe Ginto says:

    Wow, what a non story? Give me a break. Much ado about nothing.

  7. Rob says:

    Agreed with Joe just above me. What I saw is just frustration doing its best to Rooney. I’d rather see that from a player than sulking…

  8. leeboy says:

    Spoiling scores of other games?! This happens ALL the time on UK TV. Sky Sports had a rolling ticker every few minutes last night, it’s what happens when lots of games are going on!

    • The Gaffer says:

      Leeboy, that’s a good observation. The dilemma is that if you’re watching one of the games on telly in England, chances are you’re watching it live. For most of us around the rest of the world, we’re watching games on time delay and we have more matches to choose from. So we may end up having a choice of 8 to watch by the time we get home — and we probably have tried on purpose not to find out what the scores are.

      Thus when Tim White shares scorelines, that’s OK for a UK audience who are watching the game live. But it’s very frustrating for the rest of us.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  9. Brian says:

    On Tim White

    Not only was his obsession with the scores of the other games unconscionable, but his commentary was appalling. He was more interested regurgitating the trivia from the book in front of him than the games taking place. He appeared oblivious to what was going on most of the time. He had no emotion for the game and ruined the viewing.

    Without a doubt the worst commentator I have ever heard. He made the some of the American commentators we hear appear professional!

    Was this a European feed or a Fox commentator?

  10. Gökay says:

    greetings from istanbul

    i am a big Be?ikta? supporter. i was at the game. and i have to admit we perform badly last night as supporters for our standart. ferguson thinks we were great but this was our bad time. think about that.

    rooney had a comment on tweeter; something about our country’s name. he said something like ‘i like turkey, it is good wtih patato’. the fans were angry about that. we whistled were very high when rooney had the ball. you can picture it. what i’m saying is: it is okey for him to get upset after what we had done. trust me, we pushed him really good. but he shouldn’t have made a nasty comment about our country’s name.

    btw i hate lloyd george!

    • ovalball says:

      “btw i hate lloyd george!”

      Wow. You must go back further than I do! But we don’t want to get in to a historical political discussion on this site, do we now?

  11. Sam Hiser says:

    Brilliant take, Gaffer. I was interested in this too.

    You know, the media is the media is the opera (in which we play our spear-carrier’s part); however, Rooney’s lapse to me characterized a delightful contrast to the coherent & businesslike team performance.

    I thought Rooney is playing so well and Capello’s influence has been so constructive and the maturation of the boy is just what he & United need; so it is surprising to see this selfish response. Apparently Wayne has not considered that a) he’ll need to be rested from time to time; b) that SirAlex will use other combinations from time to time for the tactical & development benefits of that; c) that Rooney can’t be solely responsible for United’s goal production; and d) that SirAlex isn’t in the slightest going to be influenced by Rooney’s pouting.

    There were a thousand reasons for Rooney to dislike the substitution. Apart from, or mixed in with, the removal of the opportunity to get his goals was the loss of the opportunity to play with Berba — who’s use of space is positively majestic & mysterious. I’d debate whether Wayne begrudges Owen his chance.

    But Owen must be used; he will poach his goals, get 12-15 as a sub and a few will be for points this seasons.

    Above, Rooney’s behavior is puzzling. It is back-sliding, unproductive and betrays a deep feeling on his part that he is more important than the team … which we know is extremely distasteful to SirAlex.

    I was fascinated.

  12. manubhoy says:

    I’m sorry, but I see this as making a mountain out of a molehill. I’ve had meltdowns way worse than that playing soccer, as has Rooney himself! Shaking your head and slamming a boot to the ground out of frustration is no big deal, and as others have said, a complete non-story. If it was Wayne Hennessy no one would give a crap.

  13. Tyson says:

    Theres nothing wrong with a little firey passion for what you do.

    There have been aggressive personalities in football before and there have been aggressive personalities in multiple sports from the likes of Mike Tyson to Serena Williams and Michael Schumacher.

    Theres nothing wrong with having a little fire in your belly. In fact its a good thing.

    If the man is upset he is being subbed I say we need more players in football like him. Having the passion to play, perform and win is something more players could do with.

    There is nothing worse in this sport than players that would rather sit on the bench and get paid for doing nothing than give every joule of energy to win the match.

  14. leeboy says:

    Fair point Gaffer, it didn’t cross my mind people would be watching on delay at the time I posted

  15. leeboy says:

    Unlucky about Tim White too, sucks when a crap commentator gets a big game. Sky had Tyler and Gray last night, why can’t arrangements be put in place to take the UK TV commentary in the US?

  16. immadoittoit says:

    hahaha he really is filling Ronaldo’s shoes at United

  17. wifebeater says:

    awesome crowd,wont get that in england.

  18. malouco78 says:

    This from UK’s Daily Star newspaper today:

    ***Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says that his dug-out strop during the Champions League match against Besiktas in Turkey on Tuesday was because he was spat on by home fans and not because he was substituted.***

    From what I saw of the TV footage and internet video posts there WAS a slight altercation before he sat in the dugout.

    If this was indeed the case and he was spat on by the Turkish fans then his reaction is only natural. I thought his reported twitter comment was quite funny but obviously not if you are a Besiktas fan! I prefer to think, like The Gaffer, that Rooney was purely annoyed to be substituted at 0-0 by has-been Owen.

    Still, take that raw emotion and frustration out of Rooney’s game and you lose part of his overall brilliance. Most great players have this petulant streak- a la Maradona, Cantona and Ronaldo to name but a few. Rooney’s on and off field behaviour will always be scrutinised and the media have concentrated on this minor incident only because this televised game was a poor performance from Manchester United.

  19. Pakapala says:

    No this is not exclusive to association football.
    There are countless examples in American Football of players complaining and arguing with coaches on the side line for being removed at certain points in the game.
    There have been many cases in basketball as well: one clear favorite of mine is Pippen refusing to go back in the game when his number was called in a Bulls game.
    Baseball also is no stranger to players showing their frustration for being substituted; and no, when they take it out on the cooler and equipments in the dugout, it’s not always about their own performance, but because they think they should not have been removed as they believe they could have gotten out of their own mess.

  20. pete says:

    wayne rooney is just typical low class soccer players who have made good in sport but do not have any social skills and will always be white trash sorry but it always shows where they really come from.

  21. SO ROONEY IS A PAIN IN THE NECK . WHO CARE’S LET HIM RANT ON

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