Newcastle legend defends Manchester United captain’s red card offence

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has come out to explain what he assumed was going through Wayne Rooney’s mind when he blatantly kicked Stewart Downing to earn himself a red card, Mirror reports. 

The all-time Premier League top goalscorer believes that the Manchester United star did what he did because he didn’t trust his defenders when West Ham United were looking to start a counter-attacking play. 

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“Wayne Rooney’s stupidity was symptomatic of just where Manchester United are right now. In a bit of a confused mess,” he wrote in his column in The Sun.

“The problem is, Rooney is trying to do everyone’s job to get them out of it. His swing at Stewart Downing was an act of desperation.

“It was not as if Downing was clear through on goal. There were plenty of defenders for him to get past from inside his own half. Yet it was probably down to a lack of trust in them on Rooney’s part that he made the challenge.”

However, his desperate act, probably in the spur of the moment has now left him with a three-game ban, meaning he will miss clashes with West Bromwich Albion, Everton, and most importantly, Chelsea.