Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United to appeal Wan-Bissaka suspension

Friday 01 October 2021 17:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club will appeal Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s Champions League suspension.

The full-back was given a longer two-game ban by UEFA for matches in the competition ahead of Wednesday’s Group F tie against Villarreal. 

It comes after his tackle on Young Boys’ Christopher Martins Pereira, which he was sent off for in our opening game of this season’s tournament, was regarded as “rough play,” meaning his mandatory one-match suspension for the red card in Switzerland was doubled.

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Wan-Bissaka therefore missed our midweek win over Villarreal at Old Trafford and is now also set to be absent for our home tie against Atalanta later this month. 

But speaking to club media ahead of this weekend’s game against Everton in the Premier League, which Wan-Bissaka will be in contention to return to the side for, Solskjaer says that the club will appeal the decision to extend the ban to UEFA. 

The manager admits that he was surprised with the decision and believes that our no.29 has been too harshly punished. 

“[I am] shocked,” he told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner.

“Yeah, we’re going to hand an appeal in of course, because he ends up almost with a three-game ban. 

“It’s two-thirds of the game he got sent off in, that one [against Villarreal at Old Trafford], and an extra one. 

“If you look at other tackles in the Champions League, I can’t see any reason why he should have two games, or almost three as I said.”

It is unknown when Solskjaer and co would hear back on the outcome of the potential appeal, although it is likely to come before our meeting with the Bergamo outfit on 20 October.