On Saturday night, when Fabian Schar left Bruno Fernandes sprawled on the ground, Newcastle United fans showed no sympathy.
The Manchester United midfielder writhed in pain, prompting Kieran Trippier to halt play for treatment, much to the dismay of Newcastle supporters.
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Upon finally getting up, Bruno Fernandes was incensed by the incident. To his surprise, no free-kick was awarded, and replays revealed a referee error.
Some Manchester United fans even called for Schar’s dismissal due to the severity of the challenge.
According to a recent report from ESPN, Fernandes shared the same sentiment regarding Schar’s tackle. Post-game, Fernandes visited the referee’s office to question Robert Jones about the decision not to send Schar off.
ESPN reported that Manchester United was dissatisfied, feeling that the £3 million defender should have received a red card.
This incident encapsulates the current state of Erik ten Hag’s team. Despite a lackluster performance, their focus shifted to a refereeing decision rather than addressing their own uninspiring display.
Upon reflection, Schar was fortunate to avoid punishment. In today’s game, it should have been deemed a foul, and a booking would have been justifiable.
However, a red card would have been excessive. Incidents like these often appear more severe in slow-motion replays.
Given Fernandes’s reputation, it’s unsurprising that he expressed discontent after the final whistle. Yet, as a Manchester United fan, such complaints from your captain are disheartening after a dismal performance.
Newcastle dominated the match, with Schar standing out as one of Eddie Howe’s top performers, effortlessly navigating through the game against Manchester United.