Wayne Rooney could face police questioning over an allegation that he assaulted a man in a nightclub.
A 22-year-old student has told Greater Manchester Police the England striker assaulted him in the city’s Tiger Tiger at about 0100 GMT on Tuesday.
Rooney is alleged to have reacted to comments about his £28m summer move to United from Everton.
Police are to investigate, but a Rooney spokesman has denied the allegations.
“Wayne was approached by a man he had never met in a menacing and threatening manner,” the spokesman said.
“At no stage did Wayne respond. The man was immediately asked to leave the nightclub in the company of security guards.”
It is understood that Rooney was being taunted over his move from the club he supported as a boy to Manchester United.
A police spokesman confirmed a “formal complaint of assault” had been made.
“At this stage it is too early to say if we will need to interview the man involved,” he added.