Wayne Rooney under Twitter fire after Steven Gerrard message

Rooney is a huge admirer of Gerrard
Rooney is a huge admirer of Gerrard

Wayne Rooney has come under fire from Manchester United fans on Twitter after posting a heartfelt message of praise to his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

United fans on social media channels relish any chance to poke fun at former Liverpool skipper Gerrard and they were quick to post a stream of abuse on Rooney’s Twitter timeline after he offered up a message to mark the retirement of his former team-mate.

The response was predictably toxic, even though the thousands of retweets and likes suggested many agreed with his warm sentiments.  

This was the message the sparked a huge response from United supporters and while some of the replies were respectful, many were not: