Wayne Rooney: No complaints from Louis van Gaal over red card

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had no complaints about the red card captain Wayne Rooney received from referee Lee Mason during Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham.

Rooney was sent off for the sixth time in his career after kicking out at West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing.

Van Gaal said: "[It was] the right card. I could imagine why he did it."

Rooney, 28, will now miss three games, including a home fixture against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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"When Rooney made the foul, I thought United must have been in trouble at the back. But they were four against two and all the defenders were in good positions. It's just a reckless tackle. There's no need to make the foul because of the position the United defenders were in."

The dismissal was the third of Rooney's United career - a day before the 10th anniversary of his debut for the club following his £25.6m move from Everton.

He was sent off once while at the Goodison club, and has picked up two red cards while playing for England.

His last red card came in an international for England against Montenegro in 2011, with his most recent dismissal in the Premier League a sending-off for United against Fulham at Old Trafford in March, 2009.

Wayne Rooney's red cards
27 Sep 2014 - Man Utd v West Ham (W 2-1, Premier League)1 July 2006 - England v Portugal (0-0, L 1-3 pens, World Cup)
7 Oct 2011 - England in Montenegro (2-2, Euro 2012 qualifier)14 Sep 2005 - Manchester United at Villarreal (0-0, Champions League)
21 Mar 2009 - Manchester United at Fulham (L 0-2, Premier League)26 Dec 2002 - Everton at Birmingham (1-1, Premier League)

Rooney's foul on Downing - as the West Ham man looked to break - came in the 59th minute after he had earlier put United ahead with his 176th Premier League goal - overtaking Thierry Henry's total to put him third on the competition's all-time scoring list.

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As well as missing the Chelsea game, he will also be suspended for matches at home to Everton and away to West Bromwich Albion either side of the next international break.

"It will be a great miss, as he played very well and I was very pleased with him," added Van Gaal, who was overseeing only his second win as United manager.

"I think you have to do it in a more friendly way and that is the only thing that I can say.

"I call that a professional foul. Maybe you don't want to hear it but in professional football you make professional fouls."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was not so forgiving of the officials, claiming a late header from Kevin Nolan should not have been ruled out.

Nolan thought he had equalised when converting a Carl Jenkinson cross but was ruled to have been offside by an assistant referee.

Allardyce said: "Somebody was suggesting his head's offside. If he can see that his head's offside there, then he is a superhuman being for me.

"I thought it was onside. I don't think there's any doubt in my mind."

Wayne Rooney was sent off for the sixth time in his career for a foul on West Ham's Stewart Downing
Rooney was sent off for the sixth time in his career for a foul on West Ham's Stewart Downing
Wayne Rooney is sent off against West Ham
Rooney cannot play again for Manchester United until the derby at the Etihad Stadium on 2 November