Sometimes a club doesn't want reports to get out.
In the matter of Chelsea, this is the case.
According to Matt Hughes of the Times (subscription), the Blues are waiting to submit a second bid after Wayne Rooney has played in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial next week. They are hoping a scourging response at Old Trafford will convince the 27-year-old to part ways with Manchester United.
The easy solution for United fans? Don't rain down on Rooney.
Of course, those who have not read this report may still do so. But it may hasten Rooney's exit.
Personally, I don't see what United fans could be angry about. New manager David Moyes has said all the wrong things this summer, including "Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian.
Yes, Rooney's conditioning hasn't exactly been even adequate lately, but he's a premier player in the Premier League. He deserves to start. It's like saying Shaq didn't deserve to start back in the day because he was overweight, no?
And, naturally, it goes against fans' nature to criticize a top player who doesn't fit the specific model of athleticism. Tony Gwynn still hit well when he was about as portly as can be, no?
Rooney is going to do what Rooney wants (and, perhaps, that's part of the ire). He registered 12 goals and 10 assists last season in the EPL despite Robin van Persie joining him at United. Based on his production, he is right in expecting to start.
But United fans may "boo" him at Old Trafford in any case, consequently forcing his exit. Is that really what United fans want?
Will Wayne Rooney receive a hostile response next week?
Rooney has a choice this summer. He can stay at Old Trafford with little assurance that he will start, or he can go on to Chelsea, where he knows manager Jose Mourinho will respect him. What option would you choose?
If United fans show respect next week, maybe he will stay. If they don't, maybe he won't. The report by Matt Hughes of the Times gives fans fair warning, but will they allow their grievances to take hold? Or will they accept that maybe Rooney should be respected for what he has done for the club?
It's your choice, fans. Meanwhile, Chelsea is hoping you will do the former.
In the end, a response to one report could change destiny. Rooney has waited this long. Perhaps he is hoping things will come around at Old Trafford.