Wayne Rooney accused of diving by Bayern Munich
The Manchester United forward tumbled under the challenge of Bastian Schweinsteiger, with the German getting his second yellow card of the game.
April 2nd, 2014
Manchester United produced a committed defensive performance to claim a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, with the Red Devils now going to the Allianz Arena next week still in this Champions League tie.
Bayern will be missing Bastian Schweinsteiger on Wednesday after the midfielder was dismissed late into the first leg encounter after a challenge on Wayne Rooney earned the German a second yellow card, although the Bavarian side have claimed that the United player made too much of the challenge.
Pep Guardiola intimated on the touchline that Rooney had dived to get his opposite number sent off, with the Bayern manager in complete disagreement that Schweinsteiger should have been red carded. The German was also surprised by the decision and spoke to Rooney before traipsing down the tunnel.
“I spoke with the referee,” he said. “He’s a very good referee. He made a very, very good game but it’s unfair [this red card]. But it’s OK. If you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything during the competition. I gave my opinion to the referee, that’s all.”
Guardiola denied that he was unhappy with his team’s performance, saying: “People see what happened in the Premier League, in the Bundesliga: ‘They [United] are not in a good position and this tie is for Bayern.’
“But Manchester United have won four or five Champions Leagues [three, in fact], they are one of the best and have top players. They have a lot of experience, we knew that and today we knew they’d make a very good performance. We controlled the game, we created 15 chances – that’s quite good but it’s not easy when they have nine players in the box.”
Unsurprisingly, David Moyes felt as though Rooney was tripped and that it was a “booking or at least a foul” although United themselves were fortunate to keep eleven men on the pitch after Antonio Valencia went in for a lunge on Jerome Boateng while also on a yellow card.