Mateusz Klich copied Wayne Rooney’s incredible ‘knockout’ celebration from his Manchester United days in DC United’s 3-0 MLS win over LA Galaxy
- DC United recorded an empathic 3-0 win over LA Galaxy on Saturday night
- Mateusz Klich imitated an iconic Wayne Rooney celebration after his goal
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After delivering the knockout blow to LA Galaxy, Mateusz Klich copied an iconic boxing celebration from his coach Wayne Rooney, after helping DC United to a 3-0 MLS victory on Saturday night.
Former Leeds midfielder Klich converted from close range for his side’s third goal after a terrible mistake by Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, who spilled a cross into his own six-yard box. that box.
As the midfielder ran into the corner to celebrate, he jokingly began shadow boxing before slowly falling backwards as if knocked out – directly mimicking Rooney’s celebration after a goal for Manchester United in the 2014-15 season.
But Rooney’s celebration actually came against a more serious backdrop that season, as video emerged before the game of him appearing to be knocked out while boxing with a teammate in his own home.
The video shows Rooney and former United defender Phil Bardsley wearing gloves, playfully boxing until Rooney is hit and falls backwards, seemingly knocked out.
Mateusz Klich imitated Wayne Rooney’s ‘knockout’ celebration on Saturday night
The person taking the video was even heard calling out in concern as Rooney turned away and appeared unresponsive.
Rooney later claimed he was joking in the video and was fine, telling United’s official website: ‘After I went down the video stopped but I wasn’t knocked out. We stood up and continued.
‘I remember when we finished and we both sat there. My nose is gone and Bardo has blood flowing from his mouth. We both looked at each other, “what are we doing?” But Bardo (Bardsley) is the same.
‘He was brought up in Manchester the same way I was in Liverpool. We both love boxing.
‘I remember when it was coming out, I remember going in to see it [Louis] van Gaal. He was the manager then.
‘I said, ‘listen, this story is coming out about me and Phil Bardsley boxing at home’ and he found it funny!
‘Growing up, I remember my dad giving us gloves at home. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
‘The night with Bardo, we got home and we put the gloves on. It’s something we do regularly – but that one was out.’
Rooney’s goal in 2014-15 mimicked the chaos in a video of him boxing at home
Klich’s strike on Saturday night capped a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy
Rooney didn’t appear to be asked on Saturday night about Klich’s celebration but given DC’s 3-0 win, he must have seen the funny side.
United, who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, are now sixth in the standings with Saturday’s win – taking 19 points from 14 games.
Next week, Rooney and his team face bottom club Toronto with a chance to climb higher in the standings.
News/Image Sources: Daily Mail