Wigan’s James McCarthy wants to put the whole Wayne Rooney elbow incident behind him and move forwards after a week of media attention.
Last weekend’s Premier League clash between Wigan and Manchester United saw Rooney appear to throw an elbow at McCarthy off the ball, but the England international wasn’t even booked for the incident, and was not charged later by the FA either.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insisted after the game that Rooney should have been given his marching orders, and even Alex Ferguson said his player was lucky to avoid suspension.
McCarthy would rather concentrate on Wigan’s next match against the other Manchester club, City, at the weekend, and put the whole Rooney thing to bed.
“The manager Roberto Martinez told me not to worry, keep working hard and hopefully we can stay in the league,” said McCarthy.
“It looks a lot worse on the telly but these things happen in football. You just have to dust yourself down and get on with it.”
McCarthy admits he didn’t know in the moment whether Rooney had been booked or not.
He said: “I didn’t know to be honest. It was just a heat-of-the-moment thing.”