Man United fans DEFACE a new Pep Guardiola mural just hours after it was unveiled to the public… as locals decry the ‘senseless vandals’ who sprayed ‘MUFC’ on the City boss’ tribute
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s mural was defaced hours after it was unveiled
- Black and white paint thrown over it with ‘MUFC’ in green writing
- Artist Mr Meana was back at work trying to fix the artwork as best he could
A Pep Guardiola mural near Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium has been defaced with ‘MUFC’ graffiti just hours after it was unveiled.
People had lined up for hours to see the artwork along Ashton New Road, but around 10.30pm Wednesday night black and white paint was thrown on the wall with ‘MUFC’ sprayed on of green paint.
The mural on the side of Beswick’s house is the result of three days of hard work by artist Mr Meana, who admitted he felt sad for the club’s fans.
According to the Manchester Evening News, he said: “As street performers we are used to our work being temporary, but we feel so bad for the fans.”
Mr Meana was notified of the vandalism just after midnight and was back at the mural on Thursday to try to repair the artwork.
He added: “It was so frustrating when I got this message just hours after finishing it.”
Black and white paint was thrown on the mural with the inscription “MUFC” on it
The mural of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was unveiled to people on Wednesday
“We had had a lot of people walking past and taking pictures while we were doing it. It won’t be possible to find it exactly as it was when we originally finished it, but I’m doing my best.
“It’s a job that has meant a lot to the fans and Leslie in particular. All football fans can appreciate what he (Pep) has done, he’s a legend not only of this club but also of the sport.
“It brought smiles to passers-by and is a great thing to have for game days. They’re just fucking kids who would like to do that, they’re not real football fans.
The mural pays tribute to Guardiola as he helped the club win several titles in his time
Mr Meana was this morning finishing the most difficult details around Pep’s beard to bring it back to its former glory. “We didn’t want the people or the person who did this to think it would stop us, we really wanted to make it right.”
Founded by Mark Silver in 2019, MurWalls has worked with street artists around the country and works with brands and organizations to create bespoke artwork.
It is the company that is responsible for a number of football murals, including the painting of former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in the Northern Quarter which was unveiled ahead of his departure from the club in 2021.
The Spanish boss mural is the result of three days of hard work by street artist Mr. Meana
Lesley Kelly, 63, owner of the Viking Street home, said: ‘It makes me so angry. It’s vandalism.
“My brothers are United fans but they thought it was amazing. Everyone can appreciate what Pep has done and it’s an area of town right next to the stadium. is so childish and foolish to do that.
“Looks like an adult did this considering how high the paint was thrown. What kind of message does this send to children? I was so happy when it 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 drive outside on derby day, it’s so sad. People always talk about putting things in place to brighten up the area, which it definitely did, but it happens, it’s so frustrating.