Manchester United manager backs Wayne Rooney in Kompany row

Roberto Mancini clearly felt as though Wayne Rooney played a significant role in the sending off of Vincent Kompany during Sunday’s Manchester derby, with the Belgian being dismissed for a two-footed lunge on Nani

The Manchester City captain lifted both feet off the ground and Chris Foy wasted little time in brandishing the red card, with Rooney clearly seen waving an imaginary card after Kompany’s challenge.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson is not in the least bit bothered by Rooney’s reaction to the foul, with the Manchester United manager making his feelings clear at the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.

He said: “I have no concerns about the behaviour in that respect because to my mind it was a reckless challenge and Nani is a very lucky boy because he didn’t get a bad injury.

“I have no complaints about Wayne, I don’t think it was unacceptable what he did. I think it was a natural reaction to a bad challenge from an opponent.

“But I can understand where Roberto’s coming from because that’s what happens with players today, they all appeal for penalties or players to be sent off, it’s an unfortunate part of our game.”

Rooney previously said on Twitter: “Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i didn’t give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle.”

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