Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will miss the league fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion after he was sent off for two bookings in the FA Cup quarterfinal defeat at Chelsea.
The Football Association have confirmed the length of ban for Herrera, given march-order in the 35th minute after two bookings for fouls on Eden Hazard.
He has been handed the two-game sanction because it was his second sending-off this season, meaning a further game is added to the automatic one-match ban for two yellow cards.
But his dismissal against Chelsea was not that much surprising. He was quick to get into the referee’s face after his first booking, and his reaction was such that technically the referee could have shown a second yellow at that point.
The Spaniard’s ban means Manchester United will be without two first-team players against Boro and West Brom, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic already serving a suspension for elbowing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.
Herrera has been tipped as the future captain material. He plays with remarkable passion and is certainly a vocal leader. You don’t always have to be a saint to lead from the front. Roy Keane and Nemanja Vidic were no strangers to cards.
But his unwanted dismissal harmed the whole team and ‘nice guy’ attitude off the field is beginning to getting a reputation on it. Herrera has seen two red cards and 11 yellows till now this season, he is the only Manchester United player to get sent off domestically under Mourinho and earned a Europa League suspension.
However, despite recent reports, no further action will be taken against defender Marcos Rojo despite his harsh challenge late in the game on Eden Hazard as the incident was seen at the time by referee Michael Oliver.
The incident involving Rojo comes just nine days after Tyrone Mings allegedly stamped on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and an FA investigation retrospectively banned the Bournemouth full-back for five games due to his violent conduct.
Rojo’s escape will certainly raise questions about double standards, with the debate over whether either player acted with intent only likely to increase considering the contrasting outcomes of both cases.