Manchester United fans had differing views on Eric Bailly’s sending-off in Wednesday night’s Europa League last-32 second leg against St Etienne in France.
It was a comfortable evening for Jose Mourinho’s side as they earned a 4-0 win on aggregate, which secured their progression into the last-16 stage.
The downsides were that Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick suffered injuries, which puts them in doubt for Sunday’s EFL Cup final, and Bailly was given his marching orders.
The defender picked up two yellow cards in less than five minutes in the second half, which meant that United had to finish the game with 10 men.
Bailly will now miss the first leg of his team’s last-16 tie, and because the first yellow he received triggered a one-game ban, he will need to be careful when he returns for the second leg.
According to the Europa League rulebook if the centre-back gets cautioned upon his return then he will be hit with another suspension.
After the incident, fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts, with some criticising Bailly for the challenge, while others thought that he was unfairly punished.
Bailly's red card isnt really good for us #mufc
— • Ragnar Demm¥• (@OluwaDeMMiE) February 22, 2017
Only Eric Bailly can emulate both Maldini and Vidic in a single game. #MUFC
— Asit Patkar (@Sklio_) February 22, 2017
Bailly should not have got sent off at all very poor decision from the ref just like every other decision he made. #MUFC
— MOUR THAN A CLUB (@MUFC__4life) February 22, 2017
Not a brilliant game, Bailly shouldn't have been sent off… but we got the win #Mufc
— Aiden Beswick (@AidenBeswick) February 22, 2017
#MUFC Good play from team. Bailly should have been more careful after first yellow card. Tackle in that position unnecessary
— Idris Sanusi (@IdrisOSanusi) February 22, 2017
— Ashley Richards (@AshRichards7) February 22, 2017
But Bailly, that was really unnecessary #MUFC
— OP (@opiopat) February 22, 2017
NEVER a second yellow. Fair challenge. Embellished by the player. Bailly been overly aggressive but massively harsh. #mufc
— N8 (@nathanielhyatt) February 22, 2017
Bailly made some stupid tackles in this game. Why must he do that when we're 4-0 up on aggregate ? #mufc
— Blaine (@blainewitten) February 22, 2017
That was stupid from Eric Bailly to do that challenge after a yellow card. #MUFC
— Colin Vassallo (@ColinVassallo) February 22, 2017
— jmasori (@jmasori) February 22, 2017
Nicely done, Bailly. Not! #MUFC
— Cody (@CodysGraphic) February 22, 2017