A mural of Pep Guardiola close to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium has been defaced with ‘MUFC’ graffiti just hours after it was unveiled.
People had queued for hours to see the artwork along Ashton New Road, however 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 house was the result of three days hard work by artist Mr Meana, who admitted he feels sad for the club’s fans.
As per the Manchester Evening News, he said: ‘As street artists, we’re 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 trying to fix the artwork.
He added: ‘It was just so frustrating when I received that message just hours after finishing it.
‘We’d had a lot of people walk past and take pictures while we were making it. It won’t be possible to get it exactly how it was when we originally finished it but I’m doing the best I can.
‘It’s a work that meant a lot to the fans and Leslie especially. All football fans can appreciate what he (Pep) has done, he’s a legend of not just this club but the sport.
‘It brought a smile to people walking past and is a great thing to have for matchdays. It’s just childish d******s that would want to do this, they’re not real football fans.’
Mr Meana was finishing the hardest bits of detail around Pep’s beard this morning to bring it back to former glory. ‘We didn’t want the people or 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 in the country and works with brands and organisations to create bespoke pieces of 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 before he left the club in 2021.
Lesley Kelly, 63, who owns the house on Viking Street said: ‘It just 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 that this is a City area right next to the stadium. It’s just so childish and mindless to do this.
‘It looks like an adult’s done this given how high the paint was thrown. What sort of message does this send to kids? I was so happy when this was done, it’s beautiful, but now I’m just so angry.
‘I wanted to use it to do work with MIND, the mental health charity, and to do a charity collection outside on derby day, it’s just so sad. People always talk of putting things in place to brighten up the area which this definitely did but then this happens, it’s so frustrating.’