Man United slapped with £6,000 fine by UEFA after five players were booked in Europa League first leg against Granada as Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay prepare to miss Thursday’s return game through suspension
- Man United fined for ‘improper conduct’ after five bookings against Granada
- UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body handed them a £6,000 fine
- Three players are suspended for Thursday’s second leg as a consequence
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lead the quarter-final tie 2-0 heading to Old Trafford
Manchester United have been fined £6,000 by UEFA for ‘improper conduct’ after five players collected yellow cards in last week’s win over Granada.
Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire and Nemanja Matic were all cautioned by Portuguese referee Artur Dias in United’s 2-0 win in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
It means Shaw, Maguire and McTominay are suspended for the return leg at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, while Pogba is now one booking away from a one-game suspension in Europe.
Luke Shaw was one of five Manchester United players booked by referee Artur Dias last week
United skipper Harry Maguire reacts to a decision by the Portuguese official last week
Dias was criticised for his performance because Granada committed 14 fouls to United’s 12 but only received two yellow cards.
And United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘Losing three players is not a good position to be in. I don’t know we deserved those five yellow cards or however many we got, but that happened.’
United have 90 days to pay the fine, which was handed down by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stopped short of criticising the performance of referee Dias
Bruno Fernandes scored a last-minute penalty to put United in a strong position in the tie
Solskjaer’s side are in a strong position after Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes scoring during last Thursday’s first leg at the Estadio de Los Carmenes.
They followed that result up with Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur and are strong favourites to advance to a semi-final with either Ajax or Roma.
Roma won 2-1 in Amsterdam last week to gain the advantage in that quarter-final tie.