A quick-thinking American sports gear company helped Wayne Rooney make an unexpected Manchester United return on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

The Daily Mail says Storelli is a New York-based firm that specialises in protective gear for athletes, particularly footballers.

On hearing of Rooney's injury, they emailed Manchester United's medical team to offer their services and United, suitably intrigued, requested some samples. They arrived last Thursday night and, after training with it for only a day, Rooney was happy enough to start the game.

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