Wayne Rooney struggled to "cope with pressure of Man Utd" in heartfelt admission

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Wayne Rooney has admitted he struggled to cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United during his playing days.

Former England striker Rooney spent a trophy-laden 13 years at Old Trafford before returning to boyhood club Everton in 2017.

Rooney won five Premier League titles while with United and also helped the Red Devils win the 2008 Champions League.

The 35-year-old is now in charge of Derby with Rooney's life set to be in focus in a new Amazon Original documentary that will launch on Prime Video in early 2022.

The announcement was made at the Prime Video Presents Sport Showcase Event in London where Rooney took to the stage to talk about the film.

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It's set to show plenty of footage on Rooney, including his struggles, with the ex-Three Lions skipper admitting life hasn't always been easy.

“There’s a moment of me talking about a time when I was really down," Rooney said. "Trying to cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United, and you’ll get insight into what was going on in my head.

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"At the time, you’re figuring out how to get rid of that frustration. Behind the scenes there weren’t many people who knew. It’s hard to cover that up.”

One of Rooney's toughest moments came when he was sent off during England's World Cup quarter-final against Portugal in 2016.

He added: “When I came off the pitch I was by myself, so it will be interesting for the audience to see what was going on in my head after that red card.

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“I felt it was important for everyone to see me as a person, behind the scenes as a family man.

"Growing up in a council estate in Liverpool wasn’t easy. Getting thrown into the spotlight as a 16-year-old. The film captures a lot of that. It’s exciting for me to do this.”

Amazon Prime will again show 20 Premier League matches this season, including the Merseyside derby and Arsenal's trip to Manchester United.

Thierry Henry and Patrice Evra will be among their pundits, providing the expert analysis.

'Rooney' will launch worldwide exclusively on Prime Video in early 2022, the official trailer is available to watch here.

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