Redknapp, Heskey claim Man Utd star should’ve been sent off

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2022 10:47 - Joe Williams

Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay points instructions to his team-mates

Jamie Redknapp and Emile Heskey were in agreement that Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay should’ve been sent off against Leicester City.

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Brendan Rodgers’ team at Old Trafford on Saturday and the Foxes might have walked away with all three points but the video assistant referee chalked off James Maddison’s strike 10 minutes before full-time.

It was another blow to United’s chances of finishing the season in the top four as they now sit three points behind Arsenal, who have two games in hand on Man Utd.


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And the Leicester players thought McTominay should’ve seen red during the match after the Scotland international caught Maddison just above the ankle as he stretched to win the ball.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp said: “I think it’s a red in the current climate.

“There was a very similar tackle earlier in the season, probably a bit worse, and that was Harry Kane. He got a yellow card, I felt he should have got a red on that occasion.

“But it was reckless, he’s out of control, and you’re endangering an opponent.”

Fellow pundit and former Leicester striker Heskey added: “100% a red card for me.

“He hasn’t got control of the ball, and he’s gone full force, studs showing. For me, that a red card, no doubt.”

And Leicester boss Rodgers agreed that the Man Utd man should’ve been sent off, he said: “We had a similar situation at West Ham earlier in the season when Ayoze Perez took a heavy touch and then caught his opponent.

“He got a red card. Scott was heavily committed in his challenge after a heavy touch it could easily have been the same decision.

“James had pain in his foot but we were thankful he could continue and played fantastically in the end.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes has called on Ralf Rangnick’s side to raise their standards in their next fixture.

“Everyone is disappointed,” Fernandes told MUTV. “This result was not the result that we want but there is nothing we can do now.

“We have to look ahead to the next game and understand that the standard of this club has to be higher and better, and we know that we are capable of that.”

 

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