When it was announced on the final day of the season that City had grabbed a late winner against QPR, Sunderland fans celebrated having watched their team lose. They had no shame in copying City’s adopted Poznan celebration.
United had secured three points at the Stadium of Light thanks to a Wayne Rooney strike after 20 minutes of play. When the final whistle blew, the players thought the league was ours. However moments later, City scored a late winner against 10 man QPR, who put their foot off that gas once they knew they were safe from relegation. More action and stories like this are available in the sportsbook review.
Watching the Sunderland fans celebrate City’s title win last season surprised me. Look at all the players we’ve passed down to them in recent years. No thanks whatsoever, but that will come back to bite them in the arse.
Rooney was surprised at the time too. He told Sky Sports after the game: “When the final whistle went, we didn’t really know what the score at City was. But then we heard the Sunderland fans cheering. It was sad to see that because they should be supporting their own team really. They didn’t have the best of seasons so for them to be cheering like that was sad. It was something myself and a lot of the players won’t forget.”
In Rooney’s autobiography, which was released during the summer, he explained how his feelings on the matter haven’t changed. Nor should they. Sunderland embarrassed themselves that day showing how small time they are. The least they deserve on Saturday is a hammering.
“I don’t know where I will play the previous games before it, I just want to play against Sunderland. When the fixtures come out I look for three games – City, Liverpool and Everton. This time I checked the Sunderland game. If there is one team that I want to beat this season it will be Sunderland.”
A lot have been made about players celebrating in front of opposing fans this week after Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin at the Etihad. Hopefully it doesn’t distract Rooney’s emotions this weekend. Karma’s a bitch.