Wayne Rooney knocked out in his kitchen by Phil Bardsley

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was knocked out in his kitchen by Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley, in a strange sparring session between the pair that has become public knowledge thanks to The Sun.

Rooney was filmed by friends boxing Bardsley and looked to be having a right laugh with the gloves on, until his friend delivered a punch that sent the England skipper sprawling to the floor.

A man who clearly fancies himself as a prize fighter, Rooney should definitely take the gloves off and concentrate on football once the embarrassment of today's piece of video viral gold subsides.

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From casino king to knockout artist

Rooney genuinely hits the floor with a thud that will enrage Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, particularly as he's pretty much the only striker United can rely on at this moment in time.

The short video represents will also put Bardsley back in the headlines, for the first time since he was flat on his back in a casino covered in £10 notes after Sunderland secured Premier League safety last season.

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Story is a serious scoop

The Sun must have been in dreamland when they got their hands on the video, with a quote to match from a source who says there was genuine panic in Rooney's £3.5 million house when he hit the canvas, aka kitchen floor, from what seemed like a relatively tame straight right hand from Bardsley.

“Wayne had everybody worried when he hit the floor like that," the source insisted.

"He made such a thud when he went down and he was just on his back with his eyes closed, not moving.

“People were scared he had really banged his head and done some lasting damage. Everyone realised it was a stupid thing to do, but they just got carried away."

Rooney will probably be livid that a friend has either shared the video with a national newspaper or circulated it to the point its leaked, but the damage has now been done.

The 29-year-old is unhurt its worth noting, although try telling that to Louis van Gaal if he doesn't perform against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in massive matches over the next two weeks.

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