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Rooney’s apology

Manchester-United-v-West-Ham-United-Premier-LeagueWayne Rooney has apologised for getting sent off against West Ham on Saturday, a red card which means he will now miss games against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, though he’ll be back in time for United’s first derby of the season, away to City on November 2.

Showing a remarkable lack of leadership, the United captain lashed out petulantly at Stewart Downing and was rightly sent off, though he has since admitted his was an error of judgment and accepted Lee Mason made the right choice by sending him off.

“Obviously we got away with it by getting the win, but I’m really gutted that I’m going to be missing the next three games,” said Rooney.

“That’s the most disappointing thing.

“It’s hard to take and I am obviously gutted. But it was probably the right decision. I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play, but just misjudged it.

“It was a dangerous situation in that they were trying to break on us and I’ve just misjudged it, simple as that, but I have no complaints.

“I understand it. I knew at the time that I misjudged it. It’s a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal the decision.”

Rooney said he apologised to his teammates after the game and dismissed suggestions that his temper remains an issue.

“I expect people to say that but, at the end of the day, I was trying to break up the play,” said the United captain.

“Yeah, of course I did [apologise]. I think everyone knew [I was in the wrong], so I’m just grateful that the lads were able to hold on.

“It’s always tough against 11 men when you’re a man down, especially when they’re throwing a lot of balls into the box as they were, so I’m grateful that we held out.”