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What Twitter says: Wayne Rooney knocked out in own kitchen by former Man Utd team-mate

The Twittersphere reacted quickly to a story claiming that England and Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney was knocked out in his own kitchen during a sparring session with former United team-mate Phil Bardsley.

Here are a few of the best tweets about the alleged incident:

Man Utd star Wayne Rooney 'knocked out' in kitchen boxing session

A video has been released which appears to show England captain Wayne Rooney being knocked out by his former team-mate Phil Bardsley in a sparring session in his kitchen.

Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Sun claims the footage (subscription required) was shot in Rooney's kitchen on February 22, one day after Manchester United's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Swansea.

In the video, the two former team-mates pull on boxing gloves and trade blows as they spar in Rooney's Cheshire mansion.

Stoke defender Bardsley then catches Rooney square in the face with a left jab, sending the United and England skipper plummeting to the floor.

Rooney lays prostrate on the floor and the video comes to an abrupt end. He is due to lead United out at Old Trafford this afternoon for their Premier League match against Tottenham.

Neither the club nor Rooney's representatives have commented at this stage, although the player's love of boxing is well-known.

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Preston keeper: Man United striker apologised over pen

Wayne Rooney scored the penalty. Credit: PA

Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann says Wayne Rooney apologised after the Manchester United striker won a debatable penalty in their FA Cup tie.

Rooney was accused of diving after winning the penalty, which saw him hurdle the goalkeeper, but make no contact.

"After the game Rooney told me: 'Sorry, it was my chance to get a penalty. I had to use that'," Stuckmann is quoted as saying in The Sun.

Van Gaal: Man United better with Rooney in midfield

Louis van Gaal believes Man United play better when Wayne Rooney is deployed in midfield.

"You, Wayne... will play in midfield." Credit: PA

A rocky week for Van Gaal continued on Wednesday night as his United team had to battle their way to an unconvincing 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley.

United were slow and lacked creativity in attack but Van Gaal doesn't believe the answer to his team's problems can be resolved by pushing Rooney further up field.

I have to look for the better balance and I think until now because of Rooney we have a better balance in midfield.

I was very pleased how he replaced Daley Blind in the number six position. He showed composure and of course he was also today the Rooney that I want to see but he has showed that he can play in every position.

Maybe he can better play in a striker's position but then I have a problem in midfield.

– Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Wayne Rooney sings at Man United Christmas party

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Wayne Rooney has posted a photo of himself belting out a tune during Man United's Christmas party.

The striker published the snap on his Instagram page after United's Christmas bash at the The Place in Manchester on Wednesday evening.

Rooney, who has a tattoo dedicated to his favourite band, the Stereophonics, also sang a duet with Ed Sheeran following the singer songwriter's sell-out Manchester gig last month.

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Manchester United striker Rooney set for knee scan

Wayne Rooney will undergo a knee scan after missing Manchester United's 2-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday.

Manager Louis van Gaal isn't too concerned by the matter, but the club are using caution with the England captain.

Wayne Rooney was absent on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

"It is his knee but we have to wait for tomorrow to say anything about it because you never know with a knee. My opinion it is not so heavy but I am not a doctor.

"We have to wait for a scan and then we will know more."

Pair for Rooney helps England to victory over Scotland

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game during the International friendly at Celtic Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A pair of goals from captain Wayne Rooney helped England to a 3-1 win over their oldest rivals Scotland at Celtic Park.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed England in front in the 32nd minute and Rooney added a second two minutes into the second half.

Andy Robertson threatened to set up a frantic finish with an 82nd minute strike for Scotland, but Rooney settled it almost immediately after.

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