Man Utd suffered defeat at the hands of PSG as their chances of finishing as group winners dwindles, but the focus of the fans did not stay on the loss for too long as fingers were pointed at Ander Herrera.
The Ligue 1 leaders managed to steal all 3 points at Old Trafford thanks to two second-half goals and a brilliant performance from Neymar Jr. PSG were in a serious threat of dropping down to the Europa League if they were to lose last night, but a win has ensured they can still contest for the top position in their Champions League group.
Meanwhile, the ex-Red Devil was at the epicentre of the drama that – in a way – ensured his former side’s defeat. Herrera went down as a result of a challenge from Fred for which the latter was shown his second yellow card of the day.
Although replays showed that the Brazilian had actually won the ball, a small contact on the Spanish midfielder allowed him to – let’s just say – make the most of it.
Now that Herrera’s usual antics on the pitch has turned against Man Utd, fans have been given a taste of the same annoyance that was suffered by other teams and their fans during his time in England.
See the reactions on Twitter here:
Hope you are alright after that challenge from Fred fella you looked in so much pain, those 8 rolls on the floor really had me concerned
— ‘ (@vintageredss) December 2, 2020
Fred sent off for a very good tackle on Ander Herrera. The petulance of this PSG team has finally paid off.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 2, 2020
Ander Herrera diving against United pic.twitter.com/ocQPl2othS
— ツ (@SxrgioSZN) December 2, 2020
Classic Herrera. PSG woeful yet again, United will need to avoid defeat in Germany on MD6.
— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) December 2, 2020
Fred, lucky in the first-half, is unlucky there. Herrera is always going to milk a challenge, as United know.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 2, 2020
Hollywood acting that tonight fella
— Jay (@JayeUtdd) December 2, 2020
Although the decision to show the Brazilian midfielder a red card was harsh, it only raises the age of discourse of consistency of refereeing in Europe.
One could argue the 27-year-old should have been sent off much earlier in the game when he head-butted Leandro Paredes, but clearly, two wrongs don’t make a right.