The consensus from Sky Sports commentators Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher regarding Diogo Dalot’s red card against Liverpool was that it was “harsh.”
Michael Oliver handed the Portuguese defender two yellow cards in quick succession for dissent, marking a Premier League first.
Both Neville and Carragher expressed bewilderment over the decision to send off Manchester United’s right-back in the dying moments of stoppage time.
Neville questioned the notion of “dissent twice,” pondering how one rant could be split into two bookings.
Carragher echoed the sentiment, finding it “incredibly harsh,” while Neville questioned if it even warranted a red card.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, United managed to secure an impressive point against Liverpool, successfully thwarting threats from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez amid a defensive injury crisis.
Dalot’s frustration peaked in the final moments when a throw-in decision went against him.
Voicing his complaints to the referee, Dalot received two rapid bookings for dissent, marking the first instance of a player being sent off in the league for two dissent offenses in quick succession.
Dalot, who had exerted tremendous effort to prevent Salah from breaking through on goal, believed the ball had come off the Liverpool forward.
However, the referee’s decision prompted Dalot to express his frustration with an arm gesture, resulting in his first yellow card.
Subsequent verbal exchanges with Oliver led to a second booking, leading to Dalot’s surprising dismissal.
Erik ten Hag now faces the challenge of managing without another key player, as Dalot is set to serve a suspension for the upcoming clash against West Ham on Saturday.