Former Manchester United defender Ronnie Wallwork is facing up to the prospect of a second spell in jail after pleading guilty to stealing a car.

The 36-year-old was granted bail at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court ahead of a sentencing hearing next month for a single charge of theft involving an Audi A4 on September 21, 2010.

Wallwork, who made his Manchester United debut in 1997 under Sir Alex Ferguson, will return to the dock on July 3, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Defence lawyer Nicholas Flanagan claimed the vehicle had been ‘lawfully leased and paid for by Wallwork’ with repayments of £22,000 made, but between September 2010 and January 2011 he ‘dishonestly took it from the leaseholders’, car finance company Money Barn PLC.

It's not the first time that Wallwork has found himself on the wrong side of the law, after being jailed for 15 months in 2011 for selling on parts from stolen high-performance cars.

The former Red Devils star - who played alongside Old Trafford legends such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes - also hit the headlines when he was viciously stabbed outside a Manchester city centre nightclub in 2007. His football career ground to a halt a year later.

Wallwork has one Premier League winners medal to his name after making 12 first-team appearances in the 2000/01 campaign, before completing a permanent move to West Bromwich Albion in 2002.

During his six-year stay at The Hawthorns the Manchester United scholar took in loan spells at Bradford City, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town before calling time on his professional career in 2008 following a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

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