Sir Alex Ferguson defends Wayne Rooney's actions

Vincent Kompany
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Sir Alex Ferguson defends Wayne Rooney's actions following Vincent Kompany's red card during yesterday's Manchester derby.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to Wayne Rooney in the ongoing row over the striker's role in Vincent Kompany's red card yesterday afternoon.

Rooney reacted angrily to a challenge made by the Manchester City captain on United winger Nani, and he was seen making his feelings known to referee Chris Foy prior to the dismissal being made.

City boss Roberto Mancini has been critical of Rooney's actions, but his boss believes that he did nothing untoward.

"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," Ferguson told reporters.

"But I can understand where Roberto's coming from because that's what happens with players today, they all appeal for penalties or players to be sent off – it's an unfortunate part of our game."

Kompany and City have appealed Foy's decision.

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