Ridiculous red card acted as a wake-up call, admits Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Seeing red: Wayne Rooney sent off by ref Kim Nielsen

Wayne Rooney will face up to one of his career low points when he takes on Villarreal. 

The Manchester United striker admits he learned a hard lesson when was sent off during a Champions League clash with the Spanish side three years ago.

The 22-year-old  was handed a second yellow card when he sarcastically applauded ref Kim Milton Neilson during a 1-1 draw.

And Rooney says it acted as a wake-up call to improve his behaviour on the pitch - since then, he has not been sent off in a competitive game for his club.

'Yeah, it was a reality check for me,' he told The Mirror. 'It was a ridiculous thing to do.When I was in the dressing room when I got sent off I was just thinking "Why have I just done that?"

'I learned from that. I made sure I did. It was a big turning point. You don't want to be in the dressing room wondering what you could be doing for the team if you were still out there.'

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