London - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hit out
at suggestions that he dived to get Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off during his
side's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich.
Schweinsteiger was shown a second yellow card after sliding
in on Rooney towards the end of Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, ruling the
Germany midfielder out of next week's second leg in Munich.
Schweinsteiger exchanged angry words with Rooney after the
incident, while Bayern coach Pep Guardiola appeared to make a 'dive' gesture,
but the England striker insisted that he had been fouled.
"I don't really want to say what he (Schweinsteiger)
said, but I thought it was a foul," Rooney said, in comments reported by
several British newspapers on Thursday.
"If I didn't get out of the way, he could have hurt me.
He's gone in with his studs and the referee has booked him, so it's not my
"It's not nice to see anyone get sent off. I didn't try
and get him sent off -- the referee has made the decision. I have tried to stop
myself from getting hurt and the referee has had a decision to make.
"He's a great player and he's obviously someone they
will miss -- and (Javi) Martinez as well being suspended -- but they have a
great squad of players who can come in."
United took a 58th-minute lead against the defending
champions through captain Nemanja Vidic, before Schweinsteiger equalised nine
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