Bruno Fernandes will miss Manchester United’s next Premier League due to suspension.
Fernandes was one of three Manchester United players who started against Newcastle who was walking the tightrope of being just one yellow card away from a suspension.
The Portuguese star picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 1-1 draw and will miss the game with Burnley as a result.
Fernandes was booked for dissent, a carding which summed up a frustrating night in which he failed to attempt a single shot at goal.
Fred and Scott McTominay were United’s two other starters who were on four bookings, but evaded yellow cards at St James’ Park.
Ronaldo joins the list
How the suspensions work is that any player receiving five bookings in the club’s first 19 league fixtures of the season will be banned for one game. Fernandes is the first United player this impacts.
United have played 17 matches, with games against Brentford and Brighton postponed. Therefore Fred and Scott McTominay must get through games against Burnley and Wolves without a yellow card.
Cristiano Ronaldo must also tread the tightrope. He was booked for a late challenge against Newcastle to amass his fourth yellow card of the season.
One more yellow card for Ronaldo in the next two games and he will also pick up a one match ban.
Once the 20th game is reached, the suspension ban is lifted, although any player reaching 10 bookings up to and including the 32nd game of the season will receive a further ban.
Coping without Fernandes
Coping without Bruno Fernandes seems like a blow, although it may not be so bad considering his recent poor form.
Since his opening day hat-trick against Leeds, Fernandes has only scored two goals, and against Newcastle he failed to attempt a single shot.
United have Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek who could both come back in for Fernandes against Burnley, and this is a good opportunity for manager Ralf Rangnick to utilise his squad.
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