Wayne Rooney’s needless red card threatened to cost Manchester United all three points against West Ham on Saturday, luckily for him, his teammates held on for the win.
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United’s captain and talisman, Rooney kicked out at Stewart Downing after being frustrated that a handball decision didn’t go the way of his team. Referee Lee Mason had no option but to show a straight red card to Rooney, as the Englishman put his team in a tough spot with 30 minutes to go as they led a tight game 2-1.
Rooney has since been accused of petulance as this certainly isn’t the first time in his career that he’s been involved in an incident of this nature. With many believing Rooney to have matured after being named the captain of United and the English national team over the summer, this act showed regression towards his old ways of blowing up when things don’t go the way of him or his team.
Speaking about the dismissal, which will now see him miss the entire month of October and games against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea, Rooney had the following to say.
“I knew at the time that I misjudged it,” Rooney said. “It is a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision. It was probably the right decision. I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play but I just misjudged it. I apologized to the lads. It was a dangerous situation in that they were trying to break on us but I have no complaints. I have tried to trip him up and, to be fair to him, he got further away from me and that is why my leg is straighter than it should have been.
“As he pushed the ball away, my leg has straightened out and that is obviously why the referee has deemed it as a red card.”