Van Gaal: Referee right to dismiss Rooney

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that captain Wayne Rooney deserved to be shown a red card by referee Lee Mason in their 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, writes the Daily Mail.

The home side were in cruise control with only a quarter of the match gone, with Rooney having guided Rafael da Silva’s cross into the net to give them the lead, before Robin van Persie punished West Ham with the second after they were dispossessed inside their own half.

Diafra Sakho nodded in from a corner to give his side hope, and from then on, West Ham piled pressure on Man Utd, but to no avail despite Rooney being given his marching orders for cynically bringing down Stewart Downing as the Hammers broke forward. The visitors then had a goal controversially ruled out as United held on.

After the game, while shrugging off questions about Rooney’s captaincy, van Gaal admitted the decision to send him off was correct. He said: ‘(It was) the right card for Wayne. I could imagine why he did it. But I think you have to do it more friendly and that is the only thing that I can say. I call that a professional foul. Maybe you don’t want to hear it but in professional football you make professional fouls.’

Rooney will now not represent his club until the beginning of November due to his ensuing three-match ban. He will miss important Premier League fixtures against former club Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

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