Manchester United Duo on Thin Ice: Possible Suspension Looms with Booking in Europa League Clash Against Sevilla
Next week, Manchester United will play host to Sevilla with two Reds players walking a disciplinary tightrope.
If Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro receive yellow cards during the first leg of Manchester United’s Europa League quarterfinal match against Sevilla on Thursday evening, they will not be eligible to play in the second leg of the match.
On Thursday evening, United will play host to Sevilla at Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag will continue his pursuit of major trophies during this match. After playing Real Sociedad in the group stage and Barcelona and Real Betis in the knockout stages, Sevilla will become the fourth Spanish team to participate in the competition when it arrives.
It would appear from the La Liga table that Sevilla is the weakest of the four teams; they are currently ranked 16th and have had a difficult season in Spain. However, the Spanish team has a wealth of European experience and will make this competition their top priority, as evidenced by their victories over Fenerbahce and PSV Eindhoven in the previous rounds.
Both of Fernandes’ yellow cards came in the knockout stages of the competition; the first one came in the second leg against Barcelona, and the second one came in the first leg against Betis. On the other hand, both of Casemiro’s bookings came in the second leg against Barca, their longtime rivals.
In what is expected to be a challenging second leg in Seville, the absence of either or both of these players would be a major blow to United. Ten Hag has grown accustomed to adjusting his play in response to the absence of Casemiro, who is currently serving a domestic suspension of four games for his second red card of the season. In February, he received a domestic suspension of three games for his first red card of the season.
United have had difficulty maintaining possession in the middle third without their anchor, but in their victory over Everton on Saturday, Fernandes was used in a deeper role and was the one dictating play. Given that the Portuguese man has been an ever-present in Ten Hag’s team – he surpassed the 4,000-minute mark in the game against the Toffees – his potential absence would be more of a mystery than a known fact.
Due to the fact that Jordán, Rafa Mir, and Montiel all have two yellow cards each, Sevilla will have three players walking the same disciplinary tightrope by the time Thursday rolls around. Neither team has anyone suspended for the first leg of the competition.