Cardiff score late to equalize and keep Man Utd out of the top four
An exhilarating affair of football was observed at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday night when Manchester United travelled to play against the Welsh side. The Red Devils were forced to accept a late 2-2 draw as result after letting in a late equalizer.
A 15th minute strike from Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and a strong header from Manchester United captain Patrice Evra allowed the club to equalize and draw lead. Fraizer Campbell provided Cardiff with their first goal, before Kim Bo-kyung headed in the equalizer with two minutes left on the clock.
The 27-year-old England international, Rooney was in the spotlight for many reasons at the end of the game. Rooney played brilliantly throughout the match, contributing with a goal and an assist. However, Rooney narrowly escaped a red card when he fouled Cardiff City’s Jordon Mutch.
Rooney, who was responsible for the equalizer and squandering late winner, could have found himself in hot water easily, but leniency from the match referee allowed the Englishman get away with the foul.
Rooney only picked up a yellow card for his foul, although he kicked Mutch before lashing out with his left arm at the Cardiff midfielder. Cardiff City defender Ben Turner admits Rooney was close to being sent off. However, Turner was keen on seeing Rooney leave the pitch.
“I do think he kicked out from where I was, but I think the way game's going, I didn't want him sent off really because it's becoming less and less of a physical game and I think we need to keep some of that in the game for the enjoyment of the fans,” Turner told Sky Sports 1. “I think it's nice to have a bit of that going on.”
Manchester United and Cardiff City managers David Moyes and Malky Mackay also believe that a yellow card was fair enough for Rooney’s behavior. Moyes event went as far as saying that Rooney could have done without luck to stay on the pitch after the foul.
“I don't think so,” Moyes answered in response to Rooney being given a red card. “I think the boy runs across his path and was a bit of a tussle, but I don't think it deserved any more than a yellow card. I think there's lashing out at times, and I don't think that was a lash out in any way.”
Mackay wanted to have another look at the footage, but insists that the booking appeared to be “sufficient”. Mackay said: “Well, I'll look at it again but on first look it certainly is a real kick at him, but maybe the booking was sufficient.”
After this game, Manchester United have dropped from fifth to sixth place on the Premier League table. However, the Premier League champions are only one point off from entering the top four.