Twitter abuse directed at Wayne Rooney is getting cruel

Rooney under fire again
Rooney under fire again

Another Manchester United start for Wayne Rooney was followed by the now inevitable flow of abuse directed at the club skipper from the club's supporters on Twitter.

Rooney turned in another less than convincing display as United beat Northampton 3-1 in the EFL Cup, setting up an enticing fourth round clash against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

While the win was welcome for United after a run of three successive defeats, Rooney's display in a lead striker's role was the subject of what is becoming increasingly nasty abuse on Twitter.

The next stage of this increasingly unpleasant Rooney saga will be played out this weekend, as he is likely to start in United's vital Premier League game against champions Leicester at Old Trafford.

If his current form continues, it cannot be long before Mourinho decides to give Rooney "a rest" at the very least, with the steady erosion of his United legacy an unfortunate sideshow of his fall from grace.