Man United beat Man City fair and square, but why wasn’t Wayne Rooney booked?

In the end, Manchester United ran out 1-0 winners over Manchester City at the City of Manchester stadium this afternoon.

The win for Alex Ferguson’s men puts them right back in the title race and leaves Roberto Mancini’s side in serious danger of missing out on that all important 4th place.

The decision by the FA to make Martin Atkinson the ref for today’s game was a strange one in my book considering his performance in the previous Manchester derby earlier this season where he added 4 minutes on and decided to play 7 minutes in the end.

Atkinson’s decision not to book United and England striker Wayne Rooney for his cynical foul on City midfielder Nigel de Jong really annoyed me. Rooney was nowhere near the ball when he decided to bring down de Jong and instead of showing Rooney a yellow card, which even the most ardent United fan wouldn’t have argued with, Atkinson decided to just award a free.

As I said before, I have no complaints about the result because it has to be said that over the course of the 90+3 minutes, United probably deserved the win but I just don’t understand why Rooney wasn’t booked.