Wayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight.
Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday.
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Key Observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ten man Manchester United held on for a 2-1 win against West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Wayne Rooney put the home side ahead with a delightful strike before Robin Van Persie doubled the lead in the 22nd minute.
Having had Wayne Rooney sent off and clinging on to a 2-1 lead at Old Trafford Manchester United's young debutant Paddy McNair made this incredible interception which would have no doubt have been a tap in for Enner Valencia at the back post and the equalizer for the Hammers to boot!
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Manchester United after just 5 minutes at Old Trafford today but the captain went from hero to zero on the hour mark when he stupidly kicked West Ham's Stuart Downing following a clearance right in front of the referee who had no option but to send the England captain off.
Given the imbalance at Old Trafford between defence and attack at the moment this one could go anyway at any score and West Ham will be looking to add another scalp to their name having beaten Liverpool 3-1 last weekend!
LVG can't afford to drop anymore points with the media vultures ready and waiting and despite West Ham's stunning win against Liverpool last week I think Manchester United should have enough even in defence to see off the Hammers tomorrow and my bet of the day at Old Trafford is Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 6/4!
Burnley may have to wait a little longer for their first win of the season with in-form West Ham the visitors to Turf Moor tomorrow and while Burnley have struggled in-front of goal the visitors have flourished in-front of goal and can continue that trend tomorrow!
I'm sure both Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp sat down and earmarked this one as a six pointer when the fixtures came out and even at this early stage they might have been right to do so with QPR struggling to keep it tight at the back and West Ham despite some decent performance's failing to put enough points on the board with their efforts!
Paddy McNair made his first team debut at the weekend against West Ham, following a defensive crisis.
Wayne Rooney, who was sent off in the game, has sung the praises of the youngster.
"That was probably one of the bigger tests a young defender can face, up against a team putting in lots of crosses into the box, but he took it and stood up to it, especially in the second half," said Rooney.