Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has seen his red card ban against Young Boys in the Champions League extended to two games by a UEFA disciplinary panel.
Wan-Bissaka received a red card in the 35th minute of his side’s shock loss earlier this month after a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira.
The mandatory ban on a full-back game has been increased for “brutal play”, meaning he will miss next month’s home game with Atalanta in addition to Wednesday night’s game against Villarreal.
The extended suspension of Wan-Bissaka adds to the concerns of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with fellow defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw getting injured.
Maguire was left out of Wednesday’s clash with Villareal with a calf injury, while Shaw is uncertain about the game but looks likely to be available for Saturday’s Premier League game against Everton.
Diogo Dalot seems most likely to replace Wan-Bissaka against Villarreal and Atalanta, with the Portuguese full-back set to make his second start of the season.
United are looking to end a three-game losing streak in four matches in all competitions, with Old Trafford’s loss to Aston Villa on Saturday being the latest in a streak of unconvincing performances.
What’s wrong with Man Utd?
When Bruno Fernandes’ penalty shot crossed the crossbar at Old Trafford against Aston Villa on Saturday, Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season accompanied it.
Following the euphoria of Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debut, when he scored twice in United’s 4-1 loss to Newcastle earlier this month, recent results have served as a reality check.
United are still only one point off the top of the Premier League, the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa was not immediately costly in that sense, but the pressure is on after three losses in four games.
Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Villarreal took on added significance after the shock defeat to Young Boys and, having also crashed in the Carabao Cup against West Ham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issues to work out before an intimidating series of matches that includes Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
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