Gary Neville has brilliantly claimed that Wayne Rooney ‘thrown a weird punch, but never when one didn’t deserve it’.
Manchester United legend Rooney, 35, will be the subject of an explosive documentary coming to Amazon Prime in early 2022.
The show will look at the career of the now-Derby boss on and off the pitch – from his childhood growing up in Croxteth, Merseyside, to his tumultuous marriage to Colleen.
And in an incredible clip, former United and England teammate Neville opens up on Rooney’s offensive streak.
During the documentary, Neville claims: “He played like he was a street kid.
“Sure, he threw weird punches… but I’ve never seen him throw punches when they didn’t deserve it.”
Rooney himself admits he was ‘not the coolest kid’ and suggested fighting was a way of life for him growing up at Liverpool.
In one scene, Roo recalls: “I was brought up to fight… Fight for everything. He would never leave me.
“I grew up in Croxteeth. If you’re from there, you don’t think it’s a violent place.
“But I have an argument with my father and he will give me a slap.
“I wasn’t the coolest kid. I used to have a lot of fights when I was little.”
Even former Premier League rival and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry could tell that Roo had an average streak.
In the Amazon show, French claims: “You saw him and you knew: he wanted to destroy everything that was in front of him.”
Most infamously, Rooney was sent off after lashing out at Cristiano Ronaldo – who became his teammate later that summer – at Euro 2004.
He was infamously filmed for having a boxing fight with fellow pro Phil Bardsley in his kitchen — and being knocked out.
Mistakes are going to happen.
Rooney addressed his many off-field scandals.
But he admitted emotionally that he wants to be remembered for ‘who I am, not what I have done’.
In the documentary, he claims: “What people don’t understand is that you’re 17… there are going to be mistakes.
“People still see me differently. But it’s important that people remember me for who I am, not what I’ve done.
“Football is, and will be, a part of my life until the day I die… I like it or not.”
Elsewhere in the documentary, Colleen reveals that she has ‘forgiven’ Rooney for her actions, but admits they are ‘not acceptable’.
*’Rooney’ will launch worldwide in early 2022 exclusively on Prime Video, official trailer available to watch Here.