Man Utd to use Kevin de Bruyne clip in UEFA appeal with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disappointed
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Manchester United are reportedly set to use a clip of Kevin de Bruyne’s tackle on Idrissa Gueye in an attempt to appeal Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card against Young Boys. The right-back was sent off 35 minutes into United’s first Champions League game of the season.
Wan-Bissaka had stretched for a loose ball and stamped on the foot of Christopher Martins, earning him a straight red from referee Francois Letexier.
At the time of his sending off, the Red Devils had been 1-0 up, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s opening goal.
But as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed systems in order to protect his side’s lead, things quickly fell apart.
First, Young Boys got back on level terms when Moumi Ngamaleu stabbed a cross from close-range past David de Gea.
Then, with just seconds remaining of added time, Theoson Siebatcheu latched onto Jesse Lingard’s ill-judged back-pass before lifting the ball over the on-rushing De Gea.
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The defeat ensured that United were bottom of their group following the first round of their Champions League campaign.
To make matters worse for the Red Devils, Wan-Bissaka’s original one-match ban was raised to two games by UEFA.
The governing body claimed that the additional match ban was warranted because Wan-Bisska’s tackle constituted ‘rough play’.
But that decision only came after Manchester City’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, a game in which De Bruyne made a tackle that was almost identical to Wan-Bissaka’s.
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The Belgian was also stretching for a loose ball, with Gueye coming in from the opposite side to the City star.
Gueye slid in and got to the ball first, with De Bruyne’s studs clashing with the PSG man’s lower leg, in a very similar way to Wan-Bissaka’s challenge.
Unlike Wan-Bissaka though, De Bruyne’s tackle earnt him only a yellow card from referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.
That has left Solskjaer furious, with The Sun reporting that United will use the De Bruyne challenge to appeal Wan-Bissaka’s two-match ban.
The Red Devils boss made his anger clear with the decision to add an extra game to Wan-Bissaka’s ban.
“I’m very surprised, very disappointed. Of course we’re going to appeal,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s almost a three-game ban because it’s early in the game, 30 minutes, so it’s two thirds of another game.
“And if you look at other tackles from the other side of the city as well, that’s probably more dangerous, and that’s a yellow card, that’s inconsistency, that’s football for us.”
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