Rooney stays out of row
Man United's Wayne Rooney does not want to become embroiled in the fallout between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez.
Last Updated: 11/02/12 5:58pm
Manchester United's two-goal hero, Wayne Rooney, does not want to become embroiled in the vicious race row between team-mate Patrice Evra and Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
United defender Evra and Liverpool striker Suarez were at the centre of controversy on Saturday lunchtime in an ill-tempered match at Old Trafford.
Suarez, who was starting his first fixture since an eight-game ban for racially abusing Evra, set an unpleasant tone when refusing to shake his opponent's hand before kick-off.
The action was a factor in a half-time scuffle between both sets of players, while Evra was then criticised after the final whistle for celebrating United's 2-1 win in front of Suarez.
Rooney, though, did not want to be drawn into the controversy, as he told Sky Sports HD2: "We are all professionals, we have to go and do our jobs on the pitch. We have to concentrate on that.
"I think that's between the two individuals, it's not for us to get involved in."
Rooney scored twice in three second-half minutes to take his league tally for the season to 17, earn the win and mean Suarez, who inevitably poked a later consolation, endured an afternoon to forget.
And the former Everton forward told MUTV: "It's a great feeling to score two goals against Liverpool at Old Trafford which obviously helped us win the game and get three points which is something that I had dreamed about as a young boy.
"I think Liverpool came to frustrate us by putting men behind the ball. They did that to a certain extent, but we kept pushing and opened them up a couple of times."
Rooney was also full of praise for winger Antonio Valencia, who set up the second goal and gave Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique a tough afternoon.
"Enrique is a great full-back," said the England international. "He's very quick and powerful and is very similar to Antonio with a similar build.
"But I thought Antonio did really well, as he has done in the last few weeks. Hopefully he can continue that form, because he's a big player for us."