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The Manchester United striker kicked Stewart Downing above the knee and duly received his marching orders in a game his side held on to win 2-1.
But Rooney insists it was not an intentional foul - and he was not frustrated like during previous sending-offs.
"I was disappointed to receive the red card," the Manchester United and England captain told reporters.
"I said afterwards everyone in football understands what I was trying to do and I just mis-timed it.
"It wasn't the same as red cards I've got in the past for lashing out. I tried to stop a counter attack and misjudged it."
Louis van Gaal
The Dutchman is said to have done so in a bid to get stricter on his players and remove all possible distractions.