Wayne Rooney denies Twitter bio tweak

Rooney denies Twitter tweak. Photo: PA

Wayne Rooney has hit back over claims he removed the name Manchester United from his Twitter homepage.

On Thursday it was noted the 27-year-old did not have the words Manchester United on his Twitter page, and instead referred to himself as an "athlete".

Following confirmation earlier this week that Rooney submitted a transfer request a fortnight ago, which was subsequently rejected by the Old Trafford outfit, the lack of United's name was taken as a sign the Rooney sees his future away from the Red Devils despite David Moyes' arrival as manager.

Yet, on his Twitter page, Rooney stated the stories were "rubbish".

And then, on his official Facebook page, he added: "There's a load of rubbish being written about me changing twitter bio saying I have deleted Manchester United from it.

"I have never deleted Manchester United from my Twitter bio no matter what the papers are saying because it was never on there.

"All that happened was that I was asked by Nike to add @nikeuk to it - the same as many other sportspeople they sponsor.

"Funny no one's written about that though.

"That change was made three weeks ago and yet people are talking about it as if it was something that was put up yesterday."

Little wonder Rooney is so annoyed given the frosty reception he is already facing from United fans in tomorrow's Premier League encounter with Swansea.

A relationship that cooled markedly since his high-profile demand to leave in 2010 can only worsen given news of his latest transfer request.

A spokesman for Nike confirmed: "In April we asked Wayne Rooney and other Nike sponsored athletes to add @nikeuk on to their profiles due to changes in ASA guidelines relating to athletes and social media."