Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney proved a hit at the club’s traditional Christmas party on Wednesday evening as he serenaded his colleagues on stage with the backing of a live band.
Rooney shared a picture on his official Facebook page of him looking right at home, eyes closed in concentration behind the microphone, while a a guitar, double bass, drums and electric ivories hummed along behind him.
But what song did Rooney take on? Was it a Bonnie Tyler power ballad? Or perhaps an emotional version of Nessun Dorma? Or would Rooney be so daring as to cover something akin to Still D.R.E?
GiveMeSport understands that it was actually Valerie, originally by The Zutons but made significantly more famous by Amy Winehouse, that got the Rooney treatment. We’d like to think he would stay loyal to his fellow Scousers by taking on the original.
The 29-year-old is known for his penchant for belting out a tune or two having recently been filmed singing along with Ed Sheeran in a pub after watching the ginger songster in concert.
Rooney and his teammates, along with their partners and under the watchful eye of Louis van Gaal, attended an evening of dinner and drinks at The Place - a far cry from raucous festive celebrations of previous years.
There was certainly reason for Manchester United to celebrate this week following the 2-1 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford the previous night - a fourth consecutive victory and one that maintains a Champions League charge.
Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata found the net to reinforce their club’s European ambitions and consolidate their place in the Premier League’s coveted top four positions.
Rooney was forced out of that game through injury but is expected to have recovered in time to face Southampton on Monday evening by which time Manchester United will likely have slipped from fourth place once more.