Wayne Rooney‘s inexplicable kick-out against West Ham saw him deservedly red carded and meant his Manchester United team-mates had to sustain 30 minutes of intense pressure to see out the 2-1 victory.
Instead of chasing his opponent back to stop the counter-attack, Rooney decided his best option was to lash out and Lee Mason wasted no time at all in sending the United captain off.
Rooney’s red card gave West Ham the impetus to attack with intent and United defended very well to withstand the barrage of attacks coming their way to hold on for the win.
It’s not what you expect your captain to do and he let his Louis van Gaal, his team-mates and fans down with his red card.
— Howellsey (@RalphieMilne) September 27, 2014
Imagine the side-eye Falcao will give Rooney in the dressing room.
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) September 27, 2014
Massive last 30 mins there. Should never have been put in that position but for Rooney. Crowd excellent second half.
— Man Utd FF (@ManUtdFF) September 27, 2014
Would expect swift public apology from Rooney for his red card. Indefensible. On plus side for Man Utd, a win & good debut from McNair #MUFC
— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) September 27, 2014
Missed the match but Twitter summary seems to be:
*McNair, Shaw, & Herrera outstanding.
— Jon (@jonwilmot44) September 27, 2014
Tyler Blackett and the rest of the players who got a bollicking from captain Rooney last week should return the favor.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) September 27, 2014
That being said, some United fans did stand up for Rooney in the aftermath of the incident.
Complete overreaction re Rooney. As soon as the player got away from him I wanted wazza to bring him down. Just did it a little too hard.
— Gaz Drinkwater (@Radio_Gaz) September 27, 2014