Ace striker Wayne Rooney plans to sue the tabloid News of the World for hacking his phone after it broke revelations of his romps with a hooker.
Manchester law firm Hill Dickinson announced that the footballer and his agent Paul Stretford to seek damages had hired it.
Police told Rooney that the Sunday tabloid’s disgraced private eye Glenn Mulcaire targeted him.
At a meeting with two detectives, Rooney was shown extracts from Mulcaire’s notes that appeared to show that the voicemails had been intercepted.
It is not known what information, if any, was gleaned from the alleged hacking, the Daily Star reports.
But last September the newspaper broke the story of Rooney’s sordid romps with 1,200-pound a-night escort Jenny Thompson.
The footballer, currently on United’s pre-season tour of the US, revealed on Twitter three months ago he feared his phone had been hacked into.
He wrote: “Scotland Yard detectives came to see me earlier and showed me some documents. Looks like a newspaper have hacked into my phone. Big surprise.’’
He put off legal action until the end of the season, which saw United crowned Premier League champs, the Daily Star reports.