Rooney has lot to get off chest after title win

Rooney has lot to get off chest after title win

Published May. 14, 2011 6:46 p.m. ET

After a troubled season, Wayne Rooney had a lot to get off his chest having scored the goal that clinched Manchester United's record 19th league title.

Amid the celebrations at Blackburn, Rooney posted a picture on Twitter showing he had removed most of the hair on his chest in such a way as to leave the number ''19'' showing.

''None of us thought Wazza would send that picture!'' fellow striker Michael Owen tweeted. ''He is madder than we thought!!!''

Rooney's late penalty kick canceled out Brett Emerton's goal to clinch a 1-1 at Blackburn that gave United the point required to win the Premier League with a game to spare.


Ensuring United overhauled Liverpool's title-record is even sweeter for Rooney, who played for the Anfield club's local rival Everton.

''Winning the Premier League is an incredible feeling and to get that 19th title to become the most successful English club is brilliant,'' Rooney said. ''Of course for me personally, being an Everton fan, it's even more special, 19 times. It's a great feeling for the whole club (at United), the team, the fans, everyone''

But had Rooney been granted his wish in October to leave United, he wouldn't have even been part of the celebrations at Ewood Park.

Rooney has already apologized to fans for his behavior, which led to him being rewarded with a lucrative new contract.

And amid the celebrations he said: ''After the year I've had, with the ups and downs, this is for the fans and the team.''

Rooney's goal on Saturday was only the 15th of the season, having scored 34 in the previous campaign before injuries and a loss of form hit him after the World Cup.

And when he did score a hat trick in March at West Ham, the outcome of him swearing into a TV camera during a goal celebration was a two-game ban.

Rooney's troubles extended beyond the pitch. He was rested for the trip to Everton in September to spare him from abuse from fans of his former club after reportedly cheating on his then-pregnant wife with a prostitute. Rooney never denied the allegations.