Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford received a red card during the Red Devils’ otherwise comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday. The England international was given his marching orders by referee Jonathan Moss after leaning into Burnley’s Phil Bardsley with his head.
The incident marked the first sending off of the 20-year-old’s career, and he will now face a suspension for the next three games.
Despite lacking sufficient force to actually cause any harm, Rashford’s actions are considered ‘violent conduct’ by the letter of the law, meaning a red card was always likely. The attacker’s behaviour was undoubtedly naive, and for a player out of the starting XI already it could represent a real setback for him this season, especially if Anthony Martial is able to step up in his place.
Following the final whistle, many United fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Rashford’s behaviour…
I love Marcus Rashford. He’s class when on form bt needs to take a good look at himself from now on. Got a big number on his back & shoes to fill.
— BLOOD (@DeGeaoIogy) 2 September 2018
One final point – how stupid was Marcus Rashford today? He had half an hour to showcase his talents in a game United had under control, and then he loses his cool & picks up a silly red card. Absolutely ridiculous when Richarlison was red carded for the same thing last weekend!
— . (@Conor91_) 2 September 2018
How much longer are we going to use the “He’s Young” excuse for Marcus Rashford?
— Crispin (@dtrouble) 2 September 2018
Rashford’s reaction to the tackle when he came on was a little over the top, showed his age, he’ll learn from it. 100% it was a straight red. #MUFC
— Shaun Irvine (@_shaunirvine) 2 September 2018
Good result for United today as well, although silly from Rashford to get himself sent off, stupid and leaves him suspended #MUFC
— Paul Woodbridge (@Voodersh1) 2 September 2018
#mufc Rashford needs descipline. Drop the kid!
— TWIST (@OliverMupini) 2 September 2018
Rashford’s red card means potentially more Martial
— Amin (@Amink0104) 2 September 2018