Plenty of footballers are disliked or even hated for a number of reasons, but supporters tend to take a dislike to a rival's player or an individual who does something unfavorable against their chosen team. Conversely, supporters will often stand by their own player regardless of the circumstances, with Liverpool supporters' questionable defense of Luis Suarez during the Patrice Evra saga being a prime example of that.
What is far rarer to see, is a player openly hated or disliked by his own fans. It is most commonly seen as poor supporting and largely unhelpful to boo/abuse your own players for quite obvious reasons. Sometimes players fall out of favor with their own fans due to a lack of effort, poor performances, handing in a transfer request, acting in an unfavourable manner off the pitch or angering those supporters while playing internationally against the country in which the club they play for is based.
Manchester United fans are not known for turning on their own players, unlike the likes of Real Madrid fans who do so regularly, even having booed star players with little reason, such as Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is worth noting that these players were obviously not hated by all Manchester United fans, sometimes only a very small number, and also that they may have only been hated for a very brief period of time. Here are the top 15 Manchester United players that were hated by their own fans:
15 15. Radamel Falcao
14 14. Nani
13 13. Marouane Fellaini
12 12. Tom Cleverley
11 11. Ryan Giggs
10 10. Roy Keane
9 9. Wayne Rooney
8 8. Ashley Young
7 7. David Beckham
Adored by most for his 11 years with the Red Devils, it was not always so smooth sailing for Becks during his time at Old Trafford. The lowest point of Beckham's career came after the 1998 World Cup. The footballing superstar was sent off against Argentina, and England were eventually knocked out on penalties.
6 6. Paul Ince
Paul Ince was a great player for Manchester United. A very complete footballer, Ince had pace, power, directness and excellent technique, and was crucial in kick-starting Manchester United's Premier League era of dominance. His central midfield partnership with Roy Keane was nothing short of outstanding. However, Ince began to develop something of an ego, eventually causing considerable friction between himself and Sir Alex Ferguson.
5 5. Peter Schmeichel
Similarly to Ince, Peter Schmeichel was not disliked for his time at Manchester United, far from it in fact, but for what he did after leaving the club. The greatest goalkeeper of his generation and right among the greatest of all time, Schmeichel won Manchester United an incredible amount of points over the years, and won 15 trophies in eight years with the Red Devils.
4 4. Rio Ferdinand
3 3. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the greatest players in Manchester United history and one of the greatest to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo is still remembered with great affection by most Manchester United fans. He joined the club as an 18-year-old but in six seasons at Old Trafford he scored 118 goals in 292 games and became one of the most dominant footballers on the planet before his transfer to Real Madrid.
2 2. Gabriel Heinze
1 1. Carlos Tevez
The man most hated by most Manchester United fans to have worn the famous red shirt is Carlos Tevez. The Argentine international became a fan favourite at Old Trafford having formed a formidable attacking trio alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Adored for his running, desire and ability, Tevez soon became hated by the Manchester United faithful. His advisors told the club he was not interested in signing the five-year contract offered to him, and Tevez set about looking for a new home.
Eventually, the industrious forward joined Manchester rivals Man City in a highly controversial move. Man City put up a large billboard showing Tevez along with the words 'Welcome to Manchester', on a road leading to Salford/Trafford. Tevez angered the red side of Manchester further after Man City won the title and Tevez displayed a banner reading 'RIP Fergie'.
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