As far as football rivalries are concerned, the Manchester United- Liverpool rivalry certainly ranks as one of fiercest rivalries in football. The rivalry as intense as it is, cuts across all aspects of the life of fans and players alike and boils down to the most trivial of facets.
The rivalry between the two English giants once more ascended on social media as Roberto Firmino got away scratch free from the media and popular opinion after the Liverpool attacker was involved in a drunk-driving incident on Christmas Eve.
Manchester United fans were quick to contend the supposed double standards of the media after Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was on the receiving end of severe criticisms the media following a drunk night out incident while on England duty.
The United fans as such were clearly riled at the unfair treatment meted out between Firmino and Rooney with many venting out their frustration on social media.
Check out the best reactions below:
Rooney has a few drinks on his day off in a hotel, crucified.
Firmino drink drives, endangers lives and gets this. The hypocrisy is real. pic.twitter.com/QoGMMVf9Pt
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) December 29, 2016
Do you remember the headlines about Wayne Rooney having wine in a hotel during a day off? Firmino gets done drink driving…. pic.twitter.com/0HNQQyxXcs
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) December 28, 2016
— Paddy Galloway (@PaddyG96) December 28, 2016
Yaya & Firmino Charged with drink driving…..
But the press put Rooney on the front page for having a couple of pints in the team hotel.
— @ManUtd_HQ (@ManUtd_HQ) December 27, 2016
Memphis and Rooney are disgraced for having sheesha & booze. But Toure and Firmino can drink & drive. Hated adored never ignored. #mufc
— (Mkhit)Aryan (@theunitedmanc) December 30, 2016
Firmino, drink driving, Yaya, drink driving, could have killed someone! Swept under the carpet! Rooney has a few drinks and hung out to dry!
— Ryan Bowring⚽️⛳️ (@ryanbowring) December 29, 2016
Wayne Rooney has a drink at a wedding and is killed by the media.
Firmino drink drives but is praised for his performance against Stoke.
— Joseph Harris (@GenerousGiroud) December 29, 2016
The difference in how the media treated Rooney when he had a drink in a hotel and when Firmino got caught drink driving is disgusting.
— Sean Davies (@Sean_R_D) December 29, 2016
— Roy (@Rvk2a) December 29, 2016
Rooney gets absolutely slaughtered around having a few drinks in a team hotel, yet Firmino manages to achieve a headline that pokes fun…
— Alan Tonge (@Alan_Tonge) December 29, 2016