Was Ander Herrera lucky to avoid a red card for this horror tackle on Joe Allen?
Ander Herrera doesn't strike you as a midfield enforcer.
Getting stuck in à la Roy Keane isn't the strongest element of the Spaniard's game but he came up with a tackle on Sunday afternoon that bore a striking resemblance to the most infamous challenge of Keano's career.
Herrera only saw yellow for this studs-up tackle on Stoke's Joe Allen, who went on to score the equaliser for the Potters.
Allen was lucky to avoid serious injury and could well have suffered a broken leg had his foot been planted in the turf.
But plenty of spectators were convinced that Herrera got off easy with a booking for this.
Owen Hargreaves thinks Herrera pulled out of the tackle, ok lad. pic.twitter.com/FWNb3W795s
— David Hale (@dhale85) October 2, 2016
Herrera should have been long gone with that tackle... shocking
— Jay Luttman (@JayLutts) October 2, 2016
That was a horrendous tackle by Ander Herrera on Joe Allen, would have been a red if it was someone like Shawcross doing it.
— Stuart Spall (@spally76) October 2, 2016
Herrera tackle was a shocker. Should've been a straight red. Just as well the lad's foot wasn't planted. I winced just watching it. #MUFC
— Steven Livingston (@sflivingston) October 2, 2016
Disgusting tackle from Herrera. Definite red card.
— Anders Skifter (@AndersArsenal) October 2, 2016
That Herrera tackle was nasty tbh
— Zuka (@marzu_awal) October 2, 2016
That's a terrible tackle by Herrera. Lucky only to be yellow carded. Not intentional though.
— Gideon (@DondeonBeke) October 2, 2016
That is a disgusting tackle from herrera
— Sam (@iwobiflick17) October 2, 2016
Herrera lucky to get away with only a yellow after that tackle
— Isceflex (@Iscflex) October 2, 2016
In the match itself, United toiled for the first hour of the game before Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were brought on. And it was the former who broke the deadlock, seizing on a mistake from Stoke defender Geoff Cameron to put United ahead.
But Joe Allen ensured the Potters took home a share of the points after he capitalised on an error from United keeper David de Gea to level it up.
Stoke remain in the bottom three while United are up to sixth with 13 points.
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