Rooney insists he didn’t dive Schweinsteiger’s red card leave Bayern in trouble
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney insists he didn’t dive to get Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger red carded during the first-leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between the two teams. The match ended at a 1-1 draw, so Manchester United will be heading to Allianz Arena with a bit of an advantage.
Schweinsteiger, who scored the equalizer for Bayern Munich after Nemanja Vidic drew first blood for Manchester United, was given the marching orders after being shown a second yellow card for a tackle on Rooney during the dying stages of the game.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola appeared to be irritated by Rooney as he made diving gesture towards. After the game Guardiola called Schweinsteiger’s dismissal “unfair” and Schweinsteiger also had a few words with Rooney before leaving the pitch.
Rooney, who picked up a serious injury against Bayern Munich back in 2010, defended the referee’s decision whilst insisting that he anticipated serious contact from Schweinsteiger. The England international suggested he had to take evasive measures to avoid contact from Schweinsteiger.
“I don't really want to say what he said but I think it's a foul,” said Rooney. “If I didn't get out of the way he could have hurt me, he's gone in with his studs and the referee has booked him, so it's not my decision.
“It's not nice to see anyone get sent off. I didn't try and get him sent off, the referee has made the decision. I have tried to stop myself from getting hurt and the referee has had a decision to make.”
Bayern Munich circles have been severely critical of the match referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer accused the referee of double standards as the referee refused to show Antonio Valencia a red card for a similar foul on Bayern Munich full back Jerome Boateng.
Guardiola’s midfield will be missing two important faces next week; Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez. The Spanish midfielder was given a yellow card after pulling down Javier Hernandez and will now serve suspension. Schweinsteiger’s absence from Bayern Munich’s midfield will be of great concern, but Guardiola is expected to replace him with Toni Kroos.
“He's a great player and he's obviously someone they will miss with Martinez being suspended as well, but they have a great squad of players who can come in,” Rooney added.