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Did Wayne Rooney miss a penalty because of someone shining a laser in his eyes?

When it rains, it pours. Especially in Manchester.

In the wake of Manchester United’s penalty 3-1 shootout loss to Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup last night, Wayne Rooney discovered this first-hand.

Already derided for a lacklustre season - epitomised by a horrendous performance in the recent Manchester derby - the captain of the Red Devils fluffed his spot-kick, joining fellow England team-mates Ashley Young and Michael Carrick in the bad books.

But was there something more to Rooney’s miss than simply a poor shot?

Seconds before goalkeeper Tomas Mejias saved the striker’s shot, a blotch of green appeared to cover his face, suggesting some travelling supporters had targeted him with a laser pen.

Was the beam strong enough to knock the England star off his stride? Would he have missed anyway? 

Let us know below.