Wayne Rooney has sent a message of apology to his Manchester United team-mates following his red card at the weekend.
Rooney was sent off for an ill-timed tackle against West Ham at the weekend and while Louis van Gaal did not condone the action, he believed a ‘professional foul’ was one that football players made regularly, something Rooney agrees with.
“It was probably the right decision,” Rooney said of his red card.
“I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play, but I just misjudged it.
“It was a dangerous situation in that they were trying to break on us and I have misjudged it, simple as that, but I have no complaints.
“I haven’t absolutely volleyed the lad. 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. But it is a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision.”
“Obviously we got away with it by getting the win, but I am really gutted I am going to be missing the next three games. It is hard to take. Of course I did [apologise to his team-mates]. I think everyone knew [I was in the wrong], so I am just grateful the lads were able to hold on.”
Rooney needed to come out with an apology his actions against West Ham because he is captain and is now expected to lead by example, so his apology to his team-mates will appease the situation somewhat.
However, Rooney will now be banned for three matches including Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on 26 October.