Few players have divided public opinion in recent years like Wayne Rooney.
Love him or loathe him – the latter a feeling experienced by his own fans only 18 months ago – there’s no question that the boy from Croxteth is probably England’s most talented footballer since Gazza, minus the heavy burden of alcohol addiction.
As I have previously and clearly expressed through some of my contribution to Red Rants, since last season I classify myself as a “Rooney skeptical“, but even I must admit that he has gone some way towards regaining my esteem which, I am sure, matters a great deal to him!
During a time when the media ponder England Glory, we here at RedRants focus on a real United Icon…..The Manchester United Crest
The Manchester United Crest has become one of the most instantly recognisable ‘Sports Brand’ Icons of the modern global game. It’s become synonymous with success on and off the field. Yet this only tells part of the story, since for much of the reported 659million followers Our Crest means so much more than a Brand…..
It represents Pride… Joy… Tears… Pain… Love… Belief… Sweet and Bitter Memories… It represents Our Passion…
The Dutch appreciate space more than any other, centuries of foraging for their own has given them an undeniable sense and acute awareness of space and how best to utilize it. In his tremendous book “Brilliant orange” David Winner marks space as the unique defining element of Dutch football. Flexible space was the mantra of one of the greatest club sides ever seen, the hypnotic rhythm of Ajax led by Cruyff et al passed and moved their way to three consecutive European cups, and as one casts their eyes over the current European champions it is that same special awareness that is the hallmark of a ginger beacon that has shone at old trafford for more than a decade.
Champions of the world, that’s who.
I’m elated. Celebrated Rooney’s goal like a loon. There’s been a lot of cynicism towards the merits of this tournament, mostly from bitter rivals – who’d secretly love to have the chance to be there – but disappointingly from United fans as well. I don’t know whether it’s just snobbery or an insular parochial view to football in general, but it’s unjustified.