Manchester United had an afternoon to forget against Liverpool this afternoon but Wayne Rooney is one of the few United players who can leave Old Trafford feeling relieved after he somehow avoided a red card.
The Red Devils captain was a second-half substitution, and chasing the club’s all-time top-scorer record, he certainly had something to play for, with Liverpool leading 1-0.
But, in the end, all Rooney could end up contributing was one or two crunching challenges, one of which almost left fellow Englishman James Milner needing a visit to the hospital.
When you view the clip, it’s difficult to say whether or not there’s any intent to harm Milner, but nevertheless, it’s still a really nasty tackle:
Rooney tackle on Milner > not even a yellow…. https://t.co/G5PjChBlUE
— LFCMostar (@LFCMostar) January 15, 2017
As you can imagine, fans and onlookers were quickly on social media to complain about the England captain’s behaviour:
— sandra (@ooheaven) January 15, 2017
Awful from Rooney that
— Joe Lynch (@Joey_lynch11) January 15, 2017
If Feghouli gets a red, Rooney should have gone for that. The Mourinho death stare means he even avoids a yellow. ?
— Phil Higgs (@philhiggs1) January 15, 2017
That was horrible from Rooney. Dirty t**t.
— Chris™ (@ChrisKennyMCFC) January 15, 2017
HOW IS THAT NOT A RED FOR ROONEY – NOT EVEN A YELLOW???
— Anfield Talk (@Anfield_Talk) January 15, 2017
That is awful from Rooney
— SamPascoe (@Pascoe20) January 15, 2017
Rooney gets no card for that???
— Dozie (@KelzyDozie) January 15, 2017
HOW DID ROONEY NOT GET A YELLOW FOR THAT FFS
— Bamford (see pinned) (@ClassicClyne) January 15, 2017
Wayne Rooney hasn't broken the record so he tried to break James Milner's leg instead #MUNLIV
— BBM: C003E53F8 (@Iam_xlimzy) January 15, 2017
Rooney never gets booked. Disgusting @FIFAcom
— Coquelined (@Yargunnersyar) January 15, 2017
Red card Rooney
— Steve P (@SouthAfricanRed) January 15, 2017
That was a bad challenge from Rooney there ! Seen players sent off for less then that!! #MUNLIV
— Jack Johnson (@JJohnsonFC) January 15, 2017
What do you think of the incident? Should Rooney have been sent off?