Boateng said: āAt the drop ball the referee didnāt know who should have possession so I said āgive it to United to give it back to our keeperā.
āBut Rooney didnāt want that. He wanted to compete for it. I said āfine, letās do it,ā then he lost it a bit. Heās a temperamental player, who plays from the heart.
āHe is an outstanding player but gets frustrated when things arenāt going right. You canāt take that out of him because itās part of what makes him so determined to win. Heās got fire.
āAt that moment Rooney got booked and the tackles started going in. They had to, because United knew if they didnāt step up a gear, get more fiery, we might score again.ā
Boateng added: āIt wasnāt just Rooney but the whole United team who were getting frustrated. Look at the penalty Rio Ferdinand gave away.
āNormally, he would stand up in that situation but, because of the way we were playing, he was doing a lot of running and he was getting disappointed.
āThatās when they realised they had a game on their hands! I was really hoping we could get an equaliser ā then go for the win. It was there. It could have happened.ā