Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be investigated by police for his goal celebration after scoring against Liverpool on Saturday.

The former Everton player ran to the Kop and cupped his ears in an act of defiance to the Liverpool supporters who had booed his every touch.

Inspector George Dawson said: “It looks like Rooney hasn’t committed a criminal offence so he won’t be investigated.”

Rooney is also set to escape a Football Association charge.

The FA has yet to decide on what action to take regarding the hurling of mobile phone in Rooney’s direction.

A police spokesman added: “We have recovered a mobile phone from the pitch. We are not sure whether it was thrown at anybody. We are making inquiries.”