Ferguson backs Rooney in ref row

MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Wayne Rooney after Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accused the striker of playing a part in Vincent Kompany’s sending-off during Sunday’s clash.

Mancini argued that Rooney lobbied Chris Foy before the referee showed a straight red card to City defender Kompany for a two-footed tackle on Nani in an FA Cup third round match United went on to win 3-2.

But Ferguson said: “I have no complaints about Wayne, I don’t think it was unacceptable what he did. I think it was a natural reaction to a bad challenge from an opponent.”