Rooney's X-Men advert is the worst crime in cinema history

The Manchester United man turned his hand to acting as his side prepare for Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and the result has to be seen to be believed

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There has been much debate over Wayne Rooney's future position for Manchester United but, if this new X-Men promotional advert is anything by which to go, anywhere but a football field would be a catastrophic.

On the eve of United's FA Cup final with Crystal Palace, Rooney appeared in an advert promoting the latest X-Men movie, 'X-Men: Apocalypse', and it is a crime against cinema.

James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence's Raven-A.K.A.-Mystique and Nicholas Hoult's Hank McCoy/Beast discuss potential "mutants" to destroy Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse and, for some reason, decide to concentrate their search on Old Trafford.

If the reviews for the latest instalment in the franchise are a yardstick, though, the above actually makes more sense than the film.

So David de Gea is suggested for his "incredible reflexes", Anthony Martial as a "speedster" who is "as fast as lightning", and Rooney for his "intensity and incredible focus".

Then up pops Rooney, in full kit and juggling a ball, with a cheery "Hello Charles!" and "anything for the team!" delivered with a stunning lack of conviction.

It's fair to say that the video provoked a mixed reaction from anyone with eyes and ears.