Manchester United have sent a security team to patrol Wayne Rooney’s house through the night after police were forced to break up a fans’ protest outside his home.
The private guards told Sky News officers will also make regular checks, hours after a crowd of up to 30 people had been cleared from the property.
Rooney called in police to deal with the group which had gathered in front of the electric gates entrance to his home in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire.
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said the supporters, who are angered at the striker’s attempts to quit the club, “dispersed peacefully” with no offences committed.
Ten private security officers have since been sent by United and, though quiet, lights remained on in the property’s large front garden shortly before midnight.
It comes barely hours after the club urged fans to be patient as they thrash out the future of the want-away striker.
That advice clearly fell on deaf ears among a minority of the support.
Fans had expected some form of resolution after discussions between manager Sir Alex Ferguson, chief executive David Gill and Rooney’s agent.
Sir Alex had spoken of his desire to “put (the matter) to bed”, but the only statement issued from Old Trafford confirmed “no developments of note to report” after the talks.
After a frantic day of comings and goings, United’s admission only added to the confusion.
“We are aware that there is intense public and media interest on the club at the moment, but there are no developments of note to report today,” the statement said.
“I can confirm a number of meetings have taken place today, including with the player’s representative.
“The outcome of those meetings will become clear in the near future. In the meantime, fans are asked to be patient.”
Rooney has confirmed he will not be extending his contract at Old Trafford despite an offer to make him the highest-paid player in United’s history.
He has reportedly been offered a new £150,000-a-week deal but turned it down, saying the club lacks ambition in the transfer market.
Ferguson has said he would like to keep the 24-year-old but a move to mega-rich Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona now seems likely.
Rooney’s decision to quit Old Trafford follows a disappointing World Cup and lurid revelations about his private life.
His team-mates have said they will miss him – but will cope with his loss as they have with others in the past.
“There’s been a few instances of big players leaving Manchester United but Manchester United goes on,” said midfielder Darren Fletcher.
“It’s the biggest club in the world. So you have to keep going and respond. The fans don’t let you settle for anything other than winning.”
Rooney has been a huge hit since joining United six years ago from Everton for £27m.
He has won international acclaim as well as numerous trophies and is the current PFA and football writers’ Player of the Year.
Source: Sky News