LOUIS van Gaal conceded that Wayne Rooney had been â€œtoo unfriendlyâ€ after he was sent off for a wild kick at Stewart Downing in a 2-1 victory for Manchester United that ended with Sam Allardyce furiously complaining about a late West Ham effort from Kevin Nolan that was disallowed for offside.
Rooney scored the opening goal but was shown a straight red card in front of Roy Hodgson, the England manager, after taking a hack at Downing just before the hour. Allardyce described it as a â€œcynicalâ€ and â€œreally poorâ€ challenge but Van Gaal refused to answer questions about whether it showed Rooney had defects as the club captain. â€œItâ€™s neither a good analysis or a good question,â€ he said.
Rooney had been chasing Downing inside his own half and Van Gaal said it was the playerâ€™s attempt to stop West Ham breaking on the counterattack. â€œI can see why he made the tackle but I think you have to be far friendlier,â€ he said. â€œHe did it too unfriendly and that is maybe his biggest mistake.
â€œIn professional football, you make professional fouls. Iâ€™ve seen it happen five or six times today and, professionally, I can understand that.
â€œBut I also saw fouls from West Ham that werenâ€™t punished the same way, so that is a little strange. I have seen other professional fouls without yellow or red cards.â€
Robin van Persie scored the second goal for Van Gaalâ€™s team before Diafra Sakho made it 2-1 before half-time and Allardyce was aggrieved that Nolan, on as a substitute, was denied a late equaliser by a marginal offside decision. â€œIf the linesman can see his head is offside, he is a super linesman, a super human being. He has dropped a massive bollock. Itâ€™s onside for me.â€
Rooney will now miss his teamâ€™s next three games against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea. â€œIt is a great miss because he plays very well,â€ Van Gaal said, praising his players for withstanding a late onslaught.
â€œYou have to fight, fight and fight and Iâ€™m very pleased with the attitude of my players. They have fought until the end and after the match I told them [when you do that] you shall always be rewarded with a good result.â€ – The Guardian