Moyes defends Rooney over challenge

David Moyes defended Wayne Rooney after the England striker was fortunate to avoid a red card in Manchester United's 2-2 draw at Cardiff.

Rooney clashed with Bluebirds midfielder Jordon Mutch in the eighth minute at Cardiff City Stadium, kicking his opponent and appearing to strike him with his left arm as they began to tumble to the ground.

But referee Neil Swarbrick deemed a yellow card enough punishment, and Rooney went on to open the scoring with a turn and low finish, before his corner allowed Patrice Evra to head home United's second.

I think Mutch runs across his path and runs down the line of the ball and I think Wayne's half in motion, I don't think it is any more than a booking that's for sure.

I think if the referee sees it, he must have stopped the game for something because, most importantly, we lost our concentration.

They actually have delivered the first ball in, so Peter Whittingham has had the chance to cross one in as the referee is blowing up.

So he has his sighter for the second one and I thought we lost concentration with it more than anything at that point.

– Man United manager David Moyes

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