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Bruno Fernandes’ disputable yellow card suspends him from the Europa League quarter-final second leg vs Sevilla

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes will miss the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla next week.

Fernandes needed to avoid a booking in today’s game but was shown a ridiculous yellow card for a handball which rules him out of the crucial second leg.

He slid near the edge of the box to block a shot, but the ball hit his arm from point-blank range. His hand was in a natural position and no movement was made to obstruct the ball.

The Red Devils were cruising to a victory, but a late fightback from Sevilla, coupled with United’s own mistakes, saw the game end 2-2 at Old Trafford.

Fernandes’ suspension would not have been a major worry if United had won the game. However, Erik ten Hag will have to find a way to replace Fernandes.

With the tie titled in Sevilla’s tie favour, it will be a tough task for United to go to Spain and snatch a victory against a side who have an excellent record in this competition.

Ten Hag substituted Fernandes on the hour mark, fearing the referee might show him another yellow card.

The Portuguese provided calmness when he was on the pitch. He assisted Marcel Sabitzer’s first goal and hit the milestone of providing 50 assists for Man United.

Since he moved to Old Trafford, only one other player from Europe’s top five leagues has recorded 50+ goals and 50+ assists – Lionel Messi.

This proves the massive contribution Fernandes has made to the club in the past three years.

The Red Devils will return to Premier League action on Sunday as they travel to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest.

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