Man United captain Wayne Rooney apologised for FA Cup ‘dive’
Wayne Rooney said sorry to Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann after winning a penalty in FA Cup victory
Wayne Rooney apologised for his “dive” to earn a penalty in Manchester United’s FA Cup win at Preston North End on Monday night, according to the League One side’s goalkeeper.
The England captain went down after jumping over the legs of the on-rushing goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to earn his side a spot-kick in the second half of the fifth-round tie.
Rooney buried the penalty to wrap up the 3-1 win but replays showed that there was minimal contact during the incident.
And Preston’s shot-stopper Stuckmann revealed that the Manchester United striker said sorry for the incident after the final whistle.
“After the game Rooney told me: ‘Sorry, it was my chance to get a penalty. I had to use that,’” Stuckmann was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
Manchester United will now take on Arsenal at Old Trafford for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Red Devils’ next game is a trip to Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. United are currently third in the Premier League table.
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