Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed James Arthur to win X Factor.
Attending the show in Manchester, he said: "I like them both to be honest but James Arthur is my man, I really like him."
Ferdinand said he stays "in the background" when the Manchester United dressing room breaks into song, but that Wayne Rooney "loved" the show.
Asked whether Rooney has a good voice, Ferdinand added: "He tells me he has, yeah."
Ferdinand was struck by an object thrown from the crowd in the closing stages of Manchester United's 3-2 win at Manchester City today.
James Arthur has won the ninth series of The X Factor after seeing off Jahmene Douglas in the final.
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X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney is vying for victory in the competition by singing a Take That tune with his mentor Gary Barlow.