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Manchester United forward apologises for diving: Has he been watching ex-Arsenal winger too much?

It was another goalless game between Manchester United and Villarreal on Tuesday night, a result which means that the Red Devils should now win the group. Not to say that the match wasn’t incident-filled, with a red card being brandished and this player saying sorry for going down in the box too easily.

The Guardian reports that Wayne Rooney apologised to the opposition players after trying to win a penalty for the Red Devils. The forward was expecting a challenge to come in that never materialised, although his manager has praised the England striker and taken the opportunity to have a pop at Robert Pires in the same breath!

“It was uncharacteristic of Wayne,” said Ferguson. “He thought he was going to be challenged and made the most of it. It was unusual of him and he has apologised to me. He said he thought the boy was going to challenge him for a penalty and he was preparing for that. I think he’s been watching Pires too much! At least he apologised to the Villarreal players. You never see Pires doing that, do you? Bloody hell.”

Once again, the Manchester United manager wearing his spectacles with a rose tint, especially as Cristiano Ronaldo has made a habit of folding like a pack of cards in the penalty area when an opposition player comes within two feet of him. Should more players follow suit and apologise when they have unfairly tried to win a spot kick, or should there be harsher punishment for divers in the first place?

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