Rooney responds to knockout reports after Manchester United win

The Manchester United skipper led his side to an impressive 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney has criticised the media attention he has received this week, telling Sky Sports that the boxing incident in his home that has made the front pages of newspapers should have remained private.

Rooney was a key figure as Manchester United put top-four rivals Spurs to the sword with a scintillating first-half performance that saw them score three times.

The England captain, had been the subject of interest from the media after a video emerged showing Rooney and former teammate Phil Bardsley being filmed boxing for fun in the United striker's kitchen, with one punch thrown by the Scotland defender putting Rooney flat on his back.

Rooney responded to the news with an impressive performance against Spurs, scoring the third goal just before half time and then celebrating with a boxing and knock-out celebration, to the delight of fans and teammates.

"That's the world we live in today," he said after the game. "It's in my own home, it's not public, it's what friends do - they mess around in the house.

"It was a couple of mates in a private house, and somehow it's managed to get on the front page of a national newspaper. I've just been focused on the game, it's more interesting for other people rather than for me.

"You've seen today, I've done a professional job and helped my team win 3-0."

The win took United into a comfortable position in the top four, just two points behind rivals Manchester City, who lost to Burnley on Saturday.

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