Rooney set to miss key fixtures after West Ham red

The Manchester United and England captain saw straight red for a dangerous tackle on Stewart Downing.

Manchester United's narrow win over West Ham, their second of the Premier League season, was somewhat blighted by a red card captain Wayne Rooney received midway through the second half, after kicking out to bring down Stewart Downing at the beginning of a Hammers counterattack.

The United skipper will be hit with a three-match ban following the red, missing fixtures either side of the international break.

United recorded their victory against West Ham at Old Trafford after goals from Rooney and Robin van Persie, but were made to sweat on the three points after Rooney's dismissal just before he hour mark, with Diafra Sakho having already equalised in the first half. Louis van Gaal's side held firm for the remaining 30 mins, which saw the Red Devils concede a disallowed goal right at the death.

Despite another slightly unconvincing performance, a win is a win, and Rooney will be disappointed to miss out against the visit of boyhood side Everton next week, as well as the crunch game against league leaders Chelsea at the end of the month. The 28-year-old will also sit out an away trip to West Brom after the international break, meaning Colombian star Radamel Falcao will likely get a sustained chance to impress alongside Robin van Persie.

Rooney will be back in time for what is sure to be a intriguing Manchester derby at the Etihad at the beginning of November.

The striker will get to play some football in October, with the former Toffee likely to lead England out in the European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia as he closes in on Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for the national team.

Below are the fixtures Rooney will miss for Manchester United and the dates: 

Home - Everton 5th October

Away -  West Brom, 20th october

Home - Chelsea, 26th OCtober

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