Wayne Rooney tells Rob Burrow why he supports Leeds Rhinos despite Manchester United connection
However, the former England star backs Leeds when it comes to rugby league.
He said: “I got into rugby league, I'd obviously always watched it, but I really started getting into it when I was about 17/18.
"I remember thinking 'there's no way I'm gonna support St Helens, Warrington, Wigan, because they're all fake Scousers.
"I was thinking 'right, what team am I gonna support?’. I remember it was a Friday night and I was watching the Rhinos play and I was gripped.
"I knew that it was controversial. Obviously, playing for Manchester United and that rivalry with Leeds and Manchester United in football.
"I knew it was a controversial decision but just from watching that first game, I was gripped to them as players, as a team.”
After a spell managing in the United States, Rooney recently returned to England to take charge of Championship club Birmingham City.