‘We were taking the mickey, I didn’t enjoy it,’ Wayne Rooney says of the Old Trafford crowd’s mocking of Arsene Wenger during Man United’s 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal in 2011. as the two rivals get ready for their meeting today
In August 2011, Manchester United defeated Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford.
Arsene Wenger’s team suffered a humiliating loss thanks to a hat-trick from Wayne Rooney
But the former United forward acknowledged that the outcome made him uneasy.
Rooney enjoyed watching the intense matches between the two Premier League rivals.
Wayne Rooney has acknowledged that the 2011 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal by Manchester United and the crowd’s jeering of Arsene Wenger at Old Trafford left him feeling “uncomfortable.”
On a remarkable afternoon at Old Trafford during which Rooney notched a hat-trick, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team handed the Gunners their worst league loss since 1927.
The former United striker enjoyed the competition between the two teams, which frequently decided who would win the Premier League championship.
When Manchester United famously defeated Arsenal 8-2 in 2011, Wayne Rooney notched a hat-trick. However, Rooney felt that United “took the mickey” and he didn’t like the mockery of Arsene Wenger.
But when Wenger’s team’s threat diminished, Rooney didn’t like it when supporters made fun of their rivals.
On Sunday afternoon, the two teams will square off at Old Trafford with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal leading the way with five victories.
Rooney stated in a piece for the Sunday Times that “by 2009, the match was not quite the test of old.”
Arsenal weren’t the Arsenal you used to play against – not because they lacked quality, but because they lacked the personalities they once had, according to the statement that first Chelsea and then [Manchester] City emerged as our closest rivals.
This was encapsulated in our 8-2 victory over them in August 2011.
Leaving with Sir Alex Ferguson after his team was humiliated in 2011, Arsene Wenger
Wenger was hurt by his team’s heavy loss to one of Arsenal’s all-time rivals.
I had a mixed reaction to the game despite scoring a hat-trick. Actually, it was a little uncomfortable.
“Seeing him being mocked by fans with 8-2 on the scoreboard was not something I enjoyed,” He said. “I love Wenger and have a lot of respect for him.”
Even Nani’s goal, which he lobbed at Wojciech Szczesny, seemed mocking.
For United that day, Danny Welbeck scored the game’s first goal before Ashley Young doubled their advantage. Just before halftime, Rooney scored the first of his three goals before Theo Walcott pulled one back.
Rooney scored the fourth, Nani the fifth, and Park JI-Sung the sixth as United dominated in the second half.
Rooney scores United’s seventh goal of 2011 from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick.
Before the visitors’ Robin van Persie received a consolation goal for the Gunners, defender Carl Jenkinson was issued a second yellow card.
Before Young added an eighth in extra time, Rooney finished off his hat trick from the penalty spot.
Sergio Aguero’s dramatic late winner on the final afternoon gave City the championship victory over United, and Arsenal came in a distant second.
After a rejuvenated Arsenal started the season in stunning form, a repeat of that 8-2 score on Sunday appears highly unlikely.
However, after losing to Brentford and Brighton to begin the season, United has won three straight games as Erik ten Hag’s era begins to take shape.