Manchester United were confident in their attack yet again, as they secured a 4-1 victory against AFC Bournemouth to finish 2018 on a high note.
Paul Pogba’s brace was the highlight of the game, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku adding to the joy. Nathan Ake did manage to sneak a goal for the traveling side late in the first half, but it didn’t contribute much to the final scoreline.
However, what could have made a difference to the game was that United ended the game with just 10 men on the field. This was due to Eric Bailly being shown red late into the second half for an awful and unnecessary tackle on Ryan Fraser, a brutal scissor challenge.
This was in addition to his earlier mistake of an extremely high-footed challenge, which could also have been penalized heavily. As a result, the 24-year-old will miss games against Newcastle, Tottenham, and Reading, the last one being an FA Cup encounter.
However, it wasn’t all bad from the defender, who did a brilliant thing after the red card. As per Reddit, Bailly gave his shirt to a young United supporter who was holding up a sign asking for the player’s top.
This was a classy gesture from the young centre-back, who will otherwise be regretting his poor choice on the field.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the following explanation as to why Bailly may have gone in with the tackle: “Eric knows it is a rash challenge, he doesn’t have to do it. Just stay on your feet.
“But once in a while, when the boys are excited, we want to win the ball back and sometimes we mistime a challenge. Eric is the first one to accept that he made a mistake.”
With the club facing a shortage of quality centre-backs, it will be interesting to see whether this red card will have a lasting impact.