With just over 35 minutes gone in their FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United were reduced to ten men, as defender Ander Herrera was sent off.
The 27-year-old Spanish international was booked in the 20th minute after colliding heavily with Eden Hazard and received his second yellow, followed by his marching orders, after yet another challenge on the nippy Belgian attacker.
Here is footage of the first incident…
La primera amarilla de Ander Herrera es muy tonta..pic.twitter.com/lvR7RzwbsU
— Carlos A. Avellaneda (@Capetok10) March 13, 2017
…and below is a clip of the second, which has proven the more controversial of the two.
On Twitter, though there were a few dissenters, most seemed to feel that the decision, made by referee Michael Oliver, was too harsh.
Ander Herrera sent off second yellow. Two fouls on Hazard. Harsh #mufc
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) March 13, 2017
Anyone really think those two fouls by Ander Herrera justified a red card given the way Michael Oliver had refereed this game? #CHEMUN
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) March 13, 2017
— Benjamin Strudwick (@IAmStrudwick) March 13, 2017
Herrera is a petulant little player. He's like a Spanish Dennis Wise
— amar singh (@amarjourno) March 13, 2017
Ander Herrera put himself in a position to be sent off, no doubt. But no way are both those incidents worthy of two yellow cards. Game over.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 13, 2017
— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) March 13, 2017
— Nakul Malhotra (@NakulMalhotra19) March 13, 2017
— John Duckworth (@jduckworth89) March 13, 2017
Ander Herrera has got two-thirds of Manchester United's red cards this season.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) March 13, 2017
Bro we all love you but you need to sort out yourself off the ball. Just chill out sometimes, seriously mate @AnderHerrera
— Joe Gill (@JoeyGillX) March 13, 2017
— Foul Throw (@foulthrownet) March 13, 2017
Man United's Ander Herrera will be banned for two games, and will miss Middlesbrough (a) and West Brom (h). #MUFC
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) March 13, 2017
At the time of writing, Chelsea lead the game 1-0 thanks to a wonderful long-range strike from 25-year-old French midfielder N’Golo Kante in the 51st minute.
You can watch that goal below…
WHAT WAS THAT ?
PHENOMENAL GOAL FROM N'GOLO KANTE ?
— Makalo|official (@makalofficial) March 13, 2017
If it wasn’t for a number of quality saves from David De Gea in the United goal, however, the home side could be further ahead.
— Patrick (@P1DEV88) March 13, 2017