Reading midfielder George Evans has cleared up the confusion regarding his supposed post-match snub to Wayne Rooney following his side’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
Jaap Stam’s men visited Old Trafford for their third round cup tie, wherein they faced a heavy defeat at the hands of the reigning FA Cup champions. Mourinho’s Red Devils not only performed impressively, but also managed to secure their eighth straight victory in all competitions.
However, it was Wayne Rooney who made the headlines on the night, by scoring his 249th goal for Manchester United, and thereby equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for the decorated English club.
But the United and England captain also made the news for reasons apart from his match of the match performance.
Numerous news and media outlets caught the footage of Rooney’s post-match encounter with Reading’s George Evans, wherein it appeared as if Evans – who happens to be a former Manchester City player! – turned down Rooney’s offer to exchange shirts.
The internet exploded with the video of this encounter, with the words “a humiliating snub” being repeatedly used to describe the incident.
However, Evans has now shed some light over this reported “rejection” by posting about it on his verified twitter account.
The 22-year-old posted the following tweet, with the caption: “To clear up I asked to exchange shirts in the tunnel due to a disappointing day!!”
Further evidence of how the media makes a mountain out of a molehill. Terrific gesture from Evans, however. Rooney himself appreciated it.