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Rooney – the man behind the goals

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When Wayne Rooney scored against Switzerland at Wembley in September he became England's greatest ever goalscorer, eclipsing a record held by Sir Bobby Charlton for almost half a century.

But who is the real Wayne Rooney, off the pitch and away from the glare of the media spotlight?

For the first time he has allowed a television production team, as well as BBC football presenter Gary Lineker, unique access to his life with wife Coleen and their two sons, Kai and Klay.

VIDEO: United U-21s beat Liverpool with 89th minute winner

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Manchester United U-21s were comfortably 2-0 up after Liverpool this evening, thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini and Nick Powell. However, in the final minutes of the game, Liverpool pulled two back, making it 2-2. Their second came thanks to a poor mistake from Sergio Romero.

However, in the 89th minute, Sean Goss scored a lovely goal to earn the win for United.

Schweinsteiger to have Bayern testimonial after leaving rainy Manchester

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At Bayern Munich's annual meeting, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a testimonial at the German club when he hangs up his boots.

Bastian went as a big friend and he will play his testimonial in Munich and will remain with the club after his active career.

PICTURES: United players at UNICEF charity dinner

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PICTURES: Rooney’s cuts after Huth challenge

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Wayne Rooney was subbed off in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City, following getting Robert Huth's studs in his chest. Louis van Gaal has confirmed this injury won't rule him out of our next game though.

GNev: United two players away from winning the league

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Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester United are just two players short of winning the Premier League, with rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford picking up momentum again.

If you put two more players into Manchester United's team, say a Gareth Bale or a Cristiano Ronaldo into that team, that team could win the league.

LvG: We have to create more chances

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Louis van Gaal has said what we all know, that Manchester United need to use our domination of possession to create more clear-cut chances.

In the third or fourth phase we have to create more, but it is difficult because you have seen where Leicester City stand on the pitch – it was in the 60 metre area.

Schweinsteiger: It wasn’t a good point for United

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Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his first goal for Manchester United in our 1-1 draw with Leicester yesterday. The opposition haven't lost since September, but Schweinsteiger still wasn't happy with only leaving with a point.

It's not a very good point. If you see the game and how much space we had with the ball, we have to create more chances and danger and we didn't do it so well.

LvG: We gave Leicester a goal

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his frustration over Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester yesterday, after we failed to stop Jamie Vardy scoring on the counter-attack.

I am not happy with a point because we were the better team. We dominated for 90 minutes but we have drawn.

Wilson: Lingard told me to come to Brighton

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It was confirmed earlier this week that James Wilson would spend the remainder of the season on loan at Brighton.

Wilson has revealed that Jesse Lingard, who spent three months on loan at Brighton in 2014, advised him to join the club.

I asked Jesse Lingard for some advice too, and about what it was like here.

LvG: I’d pick Rooney even if he wasn’t captain

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Wayne Rooney is enduring a poor season so far, which isn't something Manchester United can afford, considering teenager Anthony Martial is our only other striker.

Louis van Gaal had previously claimed that his captain would always play, which has explained for some how Rooney is in the team every week.

LvG: We can bring Wilson back if we need him

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James Wilson's loan move to Brighton leaves Manchester United with just Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as the only strikers.

Louis van Gaal has explained we had to let Wilson go so that he could play

Until now he didn't contribute so much. He played a few minutes in the Premier League and a few in the Capital One Cup and was not always in the selection of the squad of 18 players.

Rio: United were boring under Fergie too

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There's no denying that the football on display from Manchester United this season has been very dull to watch.

We've been excellent at keeping the ball and preventing the opposition from scoring, but when it comes to creating chances and scoring, we haven't been good enough.

Still, on Saturday, United could go top of the league if we beat Leicester, having already climbed above the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal in the table.

LvG: I’m worried because I want happy fans

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that he is worried following the regular 0-0 draws Manchester United have played out over the past few weeks.

while United are still in a great position, and could go top if we beat Leicester on Saturday, Van Gaal has recognised the fans aren't happy with the way we are playing.

GNev: Wilson loan is good news for United

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Considering Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are the only strikers in Manchester United's squad, some fans were surprised to see the club had agreed to allow James Wilson to join Brighton on loan until the end of the season.

Gary Neville has taken a different approach though, claiming it's in the best interests of the club and player to let Wilson leave to play regular football.