Aaron Wan-Bissaka 'had to go'! Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand agree on Manchester United red card

By Elias Burke

Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes agree that Aaron Wan-Bissaka deserved to be sent off following a dangerous challenge during the first half.

New signing Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with the first goal of the Champions League group stage on the 13th minute, and United looked in cruise control as the first half against Young Boys was drawing to a close.

However, Wan-Bissaka — who has faced criticism from sections of the United fanbase for a perceived lack of on-the-ball quality — put United in peril after being sent off on the 35th minute following a bad tackle on Christopher Martins caused by a wayward touch.

Wan-Bissaka has had a solid start to the season for United, and this represents a significant step back for the right-back, who will now miss the next three Champions League fixtures after being shown a straight red card.

And he will not find sympathy with Ferdinand and Scholes, who agree that Wan-Bissaka's poor ball control was the reason why he was forced to make a challenge worthy of a sending off.

"He causes his own problem with his really clumsy touch. The tackle is awkward, I don’t think he’s done it on purpose, a little accidental, and he goes over the top, and unfortunately, he has to go," Scholes admitted.

Scholes' verdict was backed up by former teammate Ferdinand, who believes that might not have been a red card when they donned the United shirt, but is worthy of a sending off in the modern game. "He didn’t put much of a fuss up either, so he knew himself. He expected it when the challenge was made."

"In our time, that wasn’t a red card. You get a pat on the back for making contact," the former centre-back added.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called upon the vast Champions League experience of Raphael Varane to stabilise his defence for the second half, with United switching to a three in the heart of the defence and Diogo Dalot moving to right wing-back.


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