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Man United fans DESTROY a new mural of Pep Guardiola just hours after it was unveiled to the public…
- Mural of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was defaced hours after unveiling
- Black and white paint thrown on it along with ‘MUFC’ in green script
- Artist Mr Meana was back at work repairing the artwork as best as possible
A Pep Guardiola mural near Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium has been defaced with ‘MUFC’ graffiti just hours after its unveiling.
People had queued for hours to see the artwork along Ashton New Road, but around 10:30pm on Wednesday night, black and white paint was thrown onto the wall along with ‘MUFC’ sprayed with green paint.
The mural on the side of Beswick’s house was the result of three days of hard work by artist Mr Meana, who admitted he felt sorry for the club’s fans.
According to the Manchester Evening Newshe said: “As street performers we are used to our work being temporary, but we feel so sorry for the fans.”
Mr Meana was notified of the vandalism just after midnight and was back at the mural on Thursday to repair the artwork.
He added: “It was just so frustrating when I got that message just hours after I finished reading it.
Black and white paint was thrown on the mural, along with ‘MUFC’ written on it
The mural of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was revealed to people on Wednesday
“We had seen a lot of people walking by and taking pictures while we were at it. It won’t be possible to get it exactly as it was when we originally finished it, but I’ll do my best.
“It’s a work that meant a lot to the fans and especially to Leslie. All football fans can appreciate what he (Pep) has done, he is not only a legend of this club but also of the sport.
“It brought a smile to the people walking by and it’s great to have for match days. They’re just childish bastards who would want to do this, they’re not real football fans.’
The mural pays tribute to Guardiola, as he has helped the club win multiple titles over his time
Mr. Meana worked through the most difficult details around Pep’s beard this morning to bring it back to its former glory. “We didn’t want the people or persons who did this to think it was going to stop us, we really wanted to make it right.”
Founded by Mark Silver in 2019, MurWalls has collaborated with street artists across the country, partnering with brands and organizations to create custom artwork.
It is the company responsible for a number of football murals, including the painting of former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in the Northern Quarter, which was unveiled before he left the club in 2021.
The Spanish boss’s mural was the result of three days of hard work by street artist Mr Meana
Lesley Kelly, 63, owner of the house on Viking Street, said: ‘It just makes me so angry. It’s vandalism.
“My brothers are United fans, but they loved it. Everyone can appreciate what Pep has done and that this is a City area right next to the stadium. It’s just so childish and brainless to do this.
“Looks like an adult did this, given how high the paint was thrown. What kind of message does this send to kids? I was so happy when this was done, it’s beautiful, but now I’m so angry.
“I wanted to use it to work with MIND, the mental health charity, and to do a charity fundraiser outside on derby day, it’s just so sad. People are always talking about setting things up to brighten up the area, which this certainly did, but then this happens, it’s so frustrating.”