WAYNE Rooney has taken a battering on social media after his soft spot-kick in a penalty shootout cost his team the match.
But after a stuttered run-up, the star — who signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Washington-based club in the summer — fluffed his lines.
Scuffing the kick low to the left-hand side of the goal, it was comfortably parried by Columbus keeper Zackary Steffen.
“Get him off the field!”
Pablo Maurer, DC United fan and blogger
Caleb Reeve wrote after the miss: “The most English thing Rooney could do.”
DC United’s official Twitter account wrote simply: “Heartbreak.”
Argentine midfielder Luciano Acosta, 24, who along with Rooney has been one of United’s stand-out players in their playoff run, also missed his penalty.
Rooney is Man United’s top-ever goalscorer, netting a remarkable 251 goals in 552 games in all competitions.