Rooney: Don't blame me for Kompany's red card… he deserved it!
Wayne Rooney insists he played no part in Vincent Kompany's dismissal in the fiery Manchester derby.
Both Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have backed referee Chris Foy's decision to send Manchester City captain Kompany off during United's pulsating 3-2 victory in the FA Cup third round.
The 25-year-old Belgian faces a
four-match ban after receiving a straight red card for a two-footed
tackle on Nani – although replays show he played the ball first.
City have lodged an official appeal with the FA and will discover by 6pm on Tuesday if they are successful.
Rooney, who scored twice in the match and has been accused by Roberto Mancini of getting Kompany sent off in the 12th minute,
tweeted: 'Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i
didnt give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle.'
Anger: Vincent Kompany is dismissed as Wayne Rooney makes his point
Marching orders: Vincent Kompany was sent off in the 12th minute for a tackle on Nani
And Ferdinand added: '/01/09/article-2084135-0F60E0E400000578-293_468x316.jpg” width=”468″ height=”316″ alt=”Vocal: Rio Ferdinand (right) has backed the decision to send off Komapny” class=”blkBorder” />
Vocal: Rio Ferdinand (right) has backed the decision to send off Komapny
Getting shirty: Wayne Rooney showed where his alliance is with a passionate celebration in the Manchester derby FA Cup tie
Already 1-0 up – in the first clash
between the sides since City’s 6-1 thrashing of the champions at Old
Trafford in October – thanks to Rooney’s header, United stormed to a
three-goal half-time lead through Danny Welbeck and another from Rooney,
who reacted to pre-match speculation about his future by pledging
himself to United after the match.
Rooney said: ‘There is no problem for me. I want to be at this club for a long time.’
manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘Wayne Rooney is a headline maker. Good
or bad. It is the situation that existed with Paul Gascoigne. Any flaws
will be annihilated by the press.’
Protests: Manchester City are almost certain to appeal the decision
City will appeal against Kompany’s
dismissal for the tackle on Nani, which looks set to land the Belgium
defender with a four-match ban as it is his second red card of the
season. Kompany later wrote on Twitter: ‘We are the definite moral
winners of this game. Surprised at Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match
had been quick to point an accusing finger at Kompany, saying: ‘It was a
sending off. He is lucky he didn’t make contact. The intention was
there. It was a two-footed tackle off the ground. I have seen Kompany do
Head boy: Rooney proved to be the difference with two first-half goals
Cup holders City fought back with
strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero in a second half which
saw Scholes come off the bench for the champions, after having retired
Ferguson turned his fire on his own team for almost throwing the game
away. He said: ‘To go 3-0 up, we should have been home and dry but we
Welcome return: Paul Scholes completed a memorable day for United with a cameo at the end of the match
‘We made City better than they were.
They went defensive in the second half and waited for us to make
mistakes – and we made them. It was ridiculous. I wasn’t impressed by us
'We knew it was going to be difficult, going 3-0 up we maybe took our
foot off the gas a bit. City got two goals and we had to make sure we
saw the game out and thankfully we managed to do that.'