It was the first straight red card of Wayne Rooney’s 380-match Premier League career, and it was completely deserved.
ANALYSIS: Should Rooney still be skipper?
The Manchester United captain will now miss the games against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea and will not be able to play for the Red Devils again until the Manchester derby vs. Manchester City on Nov. 2.
Watch the video above to see the incident, as Rooney simply runs up to Stewart Downing and kicks him knee-high. What on earth was he thinking at such a pivotal point in the game? United just about hung on for the victory with 10-men, but the selfish actions of their skipper must have Louis van Gaal questioning why he gave the Englishman the captaincy.
Manchester United’s Twitter feed were pretty quick to point out that the red card was Rooney’s first for the Red Devils since 2009, see Tweet below, but the red mist definitely descended as Rooney’s petulant streak reared its ugly head once again.