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Man United skipper Rooney to feature for Under-21s

Wayne Rooney is set to play next week. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is closing on a return to fitness and will feature for the club's Under-21 side next week.

Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the striker has trained this week and is in line to face Middlesbrough Under-21s on Monday.

"No (he won't play at Tottenham), he's playing for the Under-21s," said manager Van Gaal.

"It's going very well. He has trained with us two times - only two times so it's not too much.

"He has to build up his capacity in the 21s team."

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Man United boss not to blame for form - Rooney

Wayne Rooney has defended the manager repeatedly this season. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has once again stressed the players - not manager Louis van Gaal - must take the blame for the team's poor season.

United lost 2-1 at Sunderland on Saturday and ended the weekend 10 points adrift of third-placed Arsenal in the Premier League.

And Rooney reckons the squad have "got off quite lightly", with Van Gaal taking "a lot of stick" for their below-par performances.

It's a very good group of players. At times it's been frustrating for us as we've under-performed.

And actually the manager has taken a lot of stick for some performances. It's down to us - we're players and we have to perform.

At times this season we haven't done that. In terms of that, we've probably got off quite lightly and the manager has taken a lot of it.

But we're going on the pitch. We have to create chances and win games and we haven't done that enough this season.

– Wayne Rooney

Coleen and Wayne Rooney announce birth of new baby boy

Coleen and Wayne Rooney have announced the birth of their third child with dual messages on Twitter.

"Our gorgeous little Boy arrived today!!" Ms Rooney tweeted.

The pair have named the new addition Kit Joseph Rooney.

The couple, who married since 2008, have two other children, Klay and Kai.

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