Manchester United’s game plans do not always go as the manager intends.

Moments of hot-headedness – see Eric Cantona or Roy Keane – often landed the players with red cards.

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Then there are also ridiculous refereeing decisions which play a factor too, see Nani against Real Madrid in 2013.

Below is a list of Manchester United’s most red-carded players of all-time. There are plenty of names from the Sir Alex Ferguson era on the list.

Manchester United records: Most red cards

  1. Roy Keane


  2. Paul Scholes


  3. Nemanja Vidic


  4. Nicky Butt, Mark Hughes

    5 each

  5. Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Darren Fletcher, Pat Crerand, Gary Neville

    4 each

  6. Eric Bailly, Rafael da Silva, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Denis Law, Wayne Rooney

    3 each


It actually seems bizarre to consider that Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo received the same number of red cards in their United careers.

The difference was Cantona received his four in 185 games, and Ronaldo took 292 to accumulate that figure. Had Cantona not received an eight-match ban for a kung-fu kick to fan, he may have had time to accumulate more.

Eric Bailly is the only current United player on the list, and his new contract gives him time to rise up it.

Roy Keane’s tally of 11 United red cards is a record which may never be beaten.

Roy Keane, Alf Inge Haaland
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