By Chris Wright
At some point later today Wayne Rooney will discover whether or not he is to be punished by the FA for the cowardly elbow he swung at James McCarthy’s temple during Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Wigan on Saturday.
Rooney’s deep-seated simian aggression reared it’s ugly, pink head once again when McCarthy stepped into his path to impede the United striker’s run, only to receive a glancing blow to the side of the head for his troubles.
Referee Mark Clattenburg didn’t see the incident at the time (to be fair, he had no reason to be expecting a flare-up given the innocuous circumstances) yet still saw fit to give Wigan a free-kick.
As such, should Rooney end up facing a retrospective violent conduct charge after going unpunished during the game itself, Clattenburg will be forced to concoct a plausible explanation as to why he chose to award a