Bookmakers William Hill have been having a little fun with Rooney's scar...but who would be his Voldemort?
They got their scars in very different ways – one at the hands of the world’s deadliest wizard and the other at the feet of a Serbian centre-back. But that hasn’t stopped bookmaker William Hill creating a picture of Wayne Rooney as Harry Potter.
And it got me thinking – if the Manchester United striker is being likened to J.K. Rowling’s “boy who lived”, who is his nemesis Lord Voldemort?
The most obvious suggestion is Rooney’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson – given the way their professional relationship ended after the Scot told the world the striker wanted out.
It was a statement from a man released from the shackles of confidentiality and “no comment”; a parting revelation that caused its own kind of scar.
But United fans may see another man as more deserving of the title of “He who must not be named”. Certainly after the summer shenanigans they have just experienced.
Say the name Ed Woodward to a United fan and they are likely to shrink in both fear and disgust, just as many of Rowling’s characters did when Voldemort’s name was spoken aloud.
The fear is that his seemingly inadequate transfer dealings will be allowed to continue in future windows. And the disgust is for the window just gone, when United’s new chief executive failed to do anything but embarrass the club with a series of missteps and poor decisions.
No one has yet mocked up a picture of either Ferguson or Woodward as Potter’s greatest enemy. But below is the image of Rooney as the boy wizard.
While his scar was received in very different circumstances, he will hope to make magic on the pitch in a season when Woodward’s only commendable act was refusing to sanction his sale.
Pic credit: William Hill
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