Rooney and Fellaini lucky to stay on the field in 2-2 draw with Cardiff
The crowd at Cardiff City Stadium found themselves running high on excitement during a thrilling battle between Manchester United and Cardiff City. It was an eventful affair with Wayne Rooney stealing the show for all sorts of reasons.
Tackles and bookings were flying from all over the pitch. It appeared to be only a matter of time before a red card was seen, but luckily no player got the marching orders. Rooney came very close picking up a red card during the early parts of the game.
Rooney was found kicking and lashing out his arm at Cardiff City defender Jordon Mutch only eight minute into the game. The 27-year-old England international was found in some more embarrassing tackles later on in the game.
The quandary between Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was also among the highlights of the game. None of the two players were booked, but Mackay believes leniency from the match referee is saved Medel and Fellaini from an embarrassing exit from the pitch.
“He could [have been sent off] but then I also look at Fellaini and doing what he does normally and putting his head on someone else's face, and that's for me a sending off. So I think that's something that needs to be looked at as well,” Mackay said.
“Having seen the way Fellaini marked and used his arms at times in the game, not all the times but at certain points, but more so putting his head into someone's face, I think that also justifies having a look at.
“But overall I'm happy that both teams deserved to have 11 men on the pitch. They didn't deserve to have any men off, and neither did we.”
Manchester United played poorly throughout the 90 minutes except for some moments of brilliance, but apart from that Cardiff City should be lauded for their superb performance.
“I think we played really well today. In terms of chances, I thought we created a lot, we passed the ball really well,” Mackay said. “It's probably the most complete first-half performance we've had this season. We were playing the champions, so I'm delighted.”
Manchester United’s unbeaten streak has now extended to ten game, despite poor shows from the defense. Moyes admits he is disappointed to lose two points.
“Just disappointment that we didn't take all three points in the end, but Cardiff made a game of it and put us under pressure,” Moyes said.
“We gave away stupid free-kick which led to the [equalizing] goal, but we had one or two chances ourselves which we maybe could've put the game to bed earlier.”