Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has taken to Twitter to refute accusations he helped get Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany sent off in Sunday’s FA Cup third round derby match.
Rooney has been widely praised for a superb performance in United’s 3-2 win which saw him net a brace and silence those in the media who suggested before the match that his future at the club was in doubt.
After the match, however, City boss Roberto Mancini claimed United’s talisman had also showcased his darker side by waving an imaginary red card at referee Chris Foy after Kompany had lunged in two-footed on Nani.
Taking issue with Mancini’s assessment, Rooney tweeted: “Funny how people think I got Kompany sent off. I'm not ref. I didnt give red card. But it was a clear red card. Two-footed tackle.”
Foy has also received his share of criticism from people suggesting the lack of contact or apparent malice in the challenge meant a straight red card was unwarranted, but Rooney’s team-mate Rio Ferdinand, also posting on Twitter, defended the referee’s decision.
He wrote: “By the way, how can there be any debate about the red card yesterday? You leave the ground with a two-footed tackle = red card. Fact."