“Of course I’ll celebrate,” Wayne Rooney has said ahead of tonight’s FA Cup fifth round encounter between Derby County v Manchester United.
It’s not the first time Rooney has come up against his former club, where he spent thirteen years, but there is a big deal being made out of it because this is an important cup tie.
Speaking to talkSPORT in the video below, Rooney says: “Man Utd is a club I love but for this game I want them to lose.
“After the game I’ll go back to being a fan of them.”
“Of course I’ll celebrate.” 🙌
“Man United is a club I love but for this game I want them to lose.” 🙏
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 5, 2020
And we really don’t think United fans will care if he does. They will be disappointed to have conceded a goal but nobody should think bad of Rooney for celebrating a goal.
Goals are what he’s hunted throughout his career. Tonight he will be professional and try guide Derby into the FA Cup quarter-finals.
However, former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes Rooney shouldn’t celebrate if he scores against United.
O’Hara believes he would be disrespecting his former side.
He told talkSPORT (via Manchester Evening News): “I think it’s fair enough him saying he wants Derby to win, but I don’t think he should celebrate if he scores.
“For Rooney, he’s a legend at Manchester United. He scored a lot of goals for them and given them some fantastic memories.
“So I think it’s just a respect thing there.”