Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reveals he still pulls on the boxing gloves

30 March 2010 12:03
Wayne Rooney has revealed he gets the punch bag out if he wants to get rid of some excess anger.

The Manchester United star is no longer the firebrand he was in his younger days, too often flying off the handle at any little problem.

But the 24-year-old, who aims to down Bayern Munich in the Champions League, retains an ultra-competitive edge that occasionally requires an outlet.

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When those situations occur, Rooney is happy to pull the boxing gloves on, as he learned to do when he was still at school.

'I used to do boxing and football,' he told Champions magazine. 'I was training every night with one of them and when I got to about 15, Everton said I had to stop boxing if I wanted to carry on playing football. I had a good chance of making the first team, so I stopped.

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'I still love watching boxing. It is a big thing in my family. I canstill do a bit now after training, but obviously not fighting. I enjoyit. It is a good way to get rid of some anger.

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes there will be no reason for Rooney toget angry in the Allianz Arena as the striker returns from a bruisedfoot for the quarter-final first-leg tie.

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Rooney has establishedhimself as one of the most feared forwards in Europe thanks to his33-goal contribution to United's season.

However, Ferguson believes it is the presence of another England man who missed Saturday's four-goal destruction of Bolton that is even more crucial to United's chances of recording a record seventh successive away win in the competition, £29.1million defender Rio Ferdinand.

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'The return of Ferdinand and Vidic to keep our back four solid is significant,' said Ferguson.

'Along with Edwin van der Sar there was a time when all those players were injured. It wasn't easy and we were very fragile.

'But you can see the solidity now. You can see the experience of these players and it is making a massive difference to the performances of the team.

'It is a true saying strong at the back, strong as a team. We are looking very strong now.'

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