guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 October 2010 21.50 BST
Manchester United today re-entered negotiations with Wayne Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, on a day when the outrage felt by the club's supporters escalated into militant action and chilling threats.
While Rooney was pondering the fall-out from several hours of high-level talks at Old Trafford, a 40-strong group of United supporters, many wearing balaclavas and hooded tops, had travelled to his home in Prestbury, Cheshire to warn him off any move to Manchester City. Witnesses reported a gathering outside his house, with a banner reading "If you join City you're dead".
The incident occurred a couple of hours after United released a statement confirming they had spent the day discussing Rooney's future. The club's chief executive, David Gill, spoke to Stretford to reiterate Sir Alex Ferguson's belief that the player could be on the verge of making the biggest mistake of his professional life.(MORE)