During Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday, Wayne Rooney saw red for a clumsy foul on Stewart Downing. Referee, Lee Mason sent Rooney to the tunnel after the Red Devil’s skipper kicked the West Ham player around the halfway line.
Reacting to his dismissal, the England forward stated the referee took the right decision but insists he had no malicious intention.
“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 didn’t absolutely volley the lad. I tried to trip him up and, to be fair to him, he got further away from me and that’s why my leg is straighter than it should have been.
“As he pushed the ball away, my leg straightened out and that is obviously why the referee deemed it as a red card.”
He also told Manchester United’s official website that he has apologized to his teammates already.
“Of course I did [apologise]. I think everyone knew [I was in the wrong]”.
“It’s always tough against 11 men when you are a man down, especially when they are throwing a lot of balls into the box as West Ham were doing, so I am grateful that we held out.”
Rooney will be now miss Manchester United’s next three games due to suspension