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Wayne Rooney (extreme left) is sent off in the win against West Ham
Wayne Rooney (extreme left) is sent off in the win against West Ham
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Wayne Rooney apologised to his Manchester United team-mates for his reckless lunge on Stewart Downing in the 2-1 win against West Ham and has no plans to appeal the red card which he admits he fully deserved.

In an incident which was not seen by the officials at the time, Luke Shaw was allegedly headbutted off the ball by Diafra Sakho, who may now face retrospective punishment, and referee Lee Mason struggled to keep a lid on tensions at times in the second half.

The biggest decision the referee made came when he sent off Rooney for cutting down West Ham midfielder Downing as he sprinted down field.

“Yeah, of course I did (apologise),” the striker said. “I knew at the time that I misjudged it.

“It is a red card and I don’t it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision.”

Phil Jagielka hopes that snatching a point at Anfield can provide Everton with the spark to ignite their season.

Liverpool looked to have sealed a derby victory through Steven Gerrard’s 65th-minute free-kick only for Jagielka to pop up in injury time and rifle an equaliser into the top corner.

Everton’s long wait for a victory at the home of their biggest rivals goes on but the point meant it was they who left Anfield with a spring in their step.

Everton have still only won one Premier League game this season, and Jagielka said: “We’d have liked to have come away from here with more than one point but realistically, the way the game went and being 1-0 down with 90 minutes gone, a point would have been a fantastic result and it’s something for us to build on.”

Joe Hart will return to the Manchester City side for the Champions League clash against Roma on Tuesday.

The England goalkeeper was surprisingly omitted for Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Hull, with Willy Caballero retaining the gloves following a midweek appearance in the Capital One Cup.

Jordan Henderson feels criticism of Steven Gerrard this season is totally unjustified.

The Reds captain’s perceived waning influence has been highlighted as a factor in Liverpool’s shaky start to the campaign.

Gerrard scored a stunning free=-kick in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton and Henderson said: “Stevie’s still one of the best players in the Premier League. There’s no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting someone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is. I don’t think he deserves any criticism. He’s been the best player this league’s probably seen in a long time and still is.”