A former military man has pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary at the home of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney that took place in August while the England forward was playing in his testimonial game at Old Trafford.

According to ​various reports, Robert McNamara pleaded guilty to the charge at Chester Crown Court for the alleged crime in the wealthy footballer hot-spot Prestbury in Cheshire.

24-year-ol McNamara, who previously served in the British Armed Forces, was arrested six days after the attempted break-in. An alarm alerted the police and a full area was carried out of the area at the time, including the use of police dogs and a helicopter.

A local resident told the Sun at the time, "Wayne has amazing security to make sure his wife Coleen and the kids are okay while he is away.

"It's like a fortress. It was like something out of a movie with alarms shrieking and search lights flashing on. The police seemed to appear from nowhere. They were swarming all over the place."

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Rooney was previously believed to have hired the services of a Gurkha warrior to help keep his home secure. The Nepalese soldier also patrolled the grounds at Wes Brown's house nearby.

It was even said that he recommended that former United winger Angel Di Maria, who also lived in the area during his short time at the club, hire one of his own after an attempted break-in at his home left his family terrified.

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