Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

Man Utd


Alexandre Jankewitz sent off after horror tackle on Man United’s Scott McTominay

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Manchester United’s game against Southampton got off to a heated start as Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off just over 70 seconds into the match due to a horror tackle on Scott McTominay.

The Southampton youngster was making just his second senior appearance when he flew into a tackle on McTominay in the middle of the pitch, going over the ball and catching the United midfielder on his thigh.

Referee Mike Dean immediately brandished a red card for the challenge, with Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl clearly furious at the 19-year-old for his rash tackle that left the injury-hit side even more depleted.

Jankewitz is the fourth player to be sent off in under two minutes of a Premier League game.

Thankfully for United, McTominay was able to carry on, although the midfielder looked unimpressed at being on the receiving end of the tackle, which left him with significant marks on his thigh.

Speaking on BT Sport, co-commentator Robbie Savage said there could be no arguments over the red card, calling it an inexcusable tackle.

He said: “It has to be a straight red, it’s a bad tackle. Ralph Hasenhuttl knew.

“I don’t want to be too harsh on the youngster because not many starts at all, and was probably so excited to come here to Old Trafford and play, but it’s definitely a red card – there’s no excuses. Mike Dean was very quick to give a red card and it’s the correct decision. Very poor challenge.”

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