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 Radamel Falcao
Although only ever on-loan Radamel Falcao was still a Manchester United player for the 2014-15 season, which was not his finest, to put it kindly. One of the most prolific and most feared strikers in Europe with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, Falcao managed only four goals in 29 games at Old Trafford. The Manchester United supporters turned on the Colombian marksman, most notably during a 3-1 home win over Burnley in February 2015. The fans booed Falcao off the pitch and ironically cheered his replacement by youngster James Wilson.
Perhaps frustration would be a more accurate description of most Manchester United supporters' attitudes towards Nani than hate, but for some the latter could quite aptly be used. The Portuguese winger was blessed with fantastic ability, but could never quite pin that talent down, with many suggesting that was because of his poor attitude, work rate and desire. Things boiled over in October 2013, when he was booed after a poor game against Real Sociedad and replaced by Adnan Januzaj. Nani now plays in Turkey for Fenerbahce.
13 Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini has had something of a topsy-turvy time at Manchester United, since making a big money move from Everton as David Moyes recruited his former star man at Goodison. Fellaini had a disastrous first season. When Louis van Gaal arrived, the big Belgian was being booed in pre-season friendlies and his departure being widely speculated given Moyes' earlier that year. Fellaini stuck around though, and has begun to endear himself to the Manchester United faithful with his rugged approach, no-nonsense attitude and committed performances, albeit mostly coming off the bench.
12 Tom Cleverley
Once more, hate may be a little strong for most supporters attitudes towards Tom Cleverley. The academy product made an impressive start to life in the first team, most notably with an excellent performance in the 2011 Community Shield. However, as time went on, Cleverley didn't seem to be developing and arguably even regressing as a player. Thousands of people signed a petition to ban him from playing for the England team, and while that was mostly not Manchester United fans, some sects of his own supporters lost patience with the midfielder, who joined Everton in the summer.
11 Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs hated by Manchester United supporters? Blasphemy. Shockingly, although it has been banished from the memory books by most, there was a time when Giggs received a lot of flack from his own supporters, and was even booed. During the 2002-03 season Giggs was playing poorly, and being heavily linked with a move to Serie A. The Inter Milan president came out and told reporters "we are confident that if a deal can be done, we will do it," and for some Manchester United fans that was too much. Giggs was heavily booed in a Worthington Cup semi-final against Blackburn, but did not leave, and went on to become the most decorated player in history at Manchester United.
10 Roy Keane
Another Manchester United legend, but another man who is no stranger to the wrath of the Manchester United supporters. Roy Keane spent twelve and a half seasons at Old Trafford and was immensely successful as both a player and captain, but lost a lot of public support after his tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland, in which Keane produced a horror tackle on the Norwegian and later stated it was an act of revenge and he had to regrets. Even the most staunch Manchester United fan struggled to side with such an aggressive stance.
9 Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has been a fantastic servant to Manchester United, in his 12th season at the club, winning 12 trophies. It goes without saying then the man who is now England's all-time record goal scorer has been loved for most of his time in Manchester, but not all of it. In 2013, having won the Premier League title, following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney handed in his second transfer request in three years. For many supporters this was too much, and Rooney was booed during the club's trophy parade.
8 Ashley Young
Ashley Young hasn't always endeared himself to the general public. His repeated diving offences have often seen him labelled dishonest and a cheat, with even former managers having spoken out about Young's cheating in the past. For some, this alone is enough to dislike the England international, but to compound matters, Young has also looked fairly unimpressive in recent years for Manchester United. When substituted off in a game against former club Aston Villa in December 2013, Young found himself in the unusual position of being booed off by both sets of supporters.
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.
Effigies of the Manchester United man were burnt, the newspapers set about on a witch hunt and he even received death threats. Even sections of his own support turned on Becks, something which happened again during his time with L.A. Galaxy when banners reading 'Go Home Fraud' and the like were directed towards him.
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.
Following a move to Inter Milan, Ince returned to the Premier League, joining fierce rivals Liverpool. Following his exuberant celebration and over-egging for the Reds against Manchester United, Ince lost the love he had earnt from the Manchester United fans and became a figure of considerable dislike among many.
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.
He tarnished his reputation to some though by joining Manchester City at the end of his career, having previously stated his desire to end his career at Manchester United, and some will never forgive him for his larger than life celebration when Man City beat their rivals at Maine Road.
4 Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand won 17 trophies over 12 seasons and played 455 games for Manchester United, and is - for the most part - held in very high regard by the clubs supporters. However, that wasn't always the case. After Ferdinand missed a drugs test in 2003, he was banned for 8 months, yet Manchester United continued to pay his wages. When Ferdinand returned to action and was offered a new contract, supporters were not impressed when he stalled over the £100,000 a week contract on offer amid interest from Chelsea. Ultimately Rio re-signed and had a marvellous career at Old Trafford.
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.
Ronaldo was thought to have influenced the referee into sending Wayne Rooney off as Portugal knocked England out of the 2006 World Cup. The Ballon d'Or winner was seen on camera winking to the Portugal bench after his Manchester United teammate was dismissed. English football fans were outraged, and Ronaldo became an intensely disliked character, even among some of his own fans.
2 Gabriel Heinze
No player has been as roundly disliked whilst actually playing for Manchester United as Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze. The former Real Madrid man caused a stir at Manchester United when, following a fallout with boss Sir Alex Ferguson regarding a lack of first team action, he demanded a transfer to rivals Liverpool. This was viewed as the ultimate act of betrayal by many Man Utd fans, and Heinze was vilified for his actions. He left the club soon after, but not for Liverpool.
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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