PHOTO: The gesture made by Pep Guardiola suggesting Rooney conned the referee

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola felt Wayne Rooney dived to get Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off.

The Catalan coach is usually a reserved and respectful persona towards the opposition, but in this particular case he was clearly unhappy with Wayne Rooney’s reaction.

In a match full of drama, Manchester United and Bayern Munich were locked at 1-1 in their Champions League quarter-final clash at Old Trafford, an outcome which would have satisfied both coaches had it not been for Schweinsteiger’s late dismissal.

As the match was nearing its conclusion, the German international midfielder contested a late ball with Wayne Rooney just outside of the Manchester United penalty area.

The England international beat Bayern’s scorer on the night to the ball, and jumped over his sliding tackle before hitting the deck despite replays suggesting little if none contact was actually made.

The decision to reward a freekick, however, was met with a yellow card for the already booked Bayern maestro – resulting in an early bath much to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd.

After a few finger-pointing and wry smiles, Schweinsteiger left the field whilst Pep Guardiola was pictured mimicking a diving action – suggesting that Wayne Rooney had made the most of the situation.

As a result of a double yellow card, Bayern Munich’s star midfielder will automatically miss the return leg in Munich.

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