Man Utd handed Champions League boost as they win UEFA appeal on Aaron Wan-Bissaka ban
UEFA had initially upgraded Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s ban for a red card from one game to two but the Manchester United right-back will now be available for their next Champions League match
The 23-year-old will now be available to feature for the Red Devils when they face Atalanta at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Wan-Bissaka had his red card upgraded from a one-match ban to two following United’s shock defeat to Young Boys in September.
In a statement, UEFA said: “The appeal lodged by Manchester United has been upheld. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 23 September 2021 is amended as follows:
“‘To suspend Manchester United player, Mr. Aaron Wan‐Bissaka, for the next one (1) UEFA club competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible, for rough play.'”
Solskjaer had fumed about UEFA’s decision to increase Wan-Bissaka’s suspension.
Ahead of the international break, he told reporters he was “very surprised and very disappointed.”
“Of course we’re going to appeal,” Solskjaer added. “It’s almost a three game ban because it’s early in the game, 30 minutes, so it’s two thirds of another game.
“If you look at other tackles from the other side of the city as well, that’s probably more dangerous and that’s a yellow card.
“That’s inconsistency but that’s football for us.”
De Bruyne went unpunished in the match, just a fortnight after Wan-Bissaka was swiftly sent off in Switzerland.
The result is one of many that has resulted on increased scrutiny on Solskjaer, with the Red Devils facing a mammoth test over the next few weeks, facing Liverpool and Manchester City amid clashes with Tottenham Hotspur and Atalanta.
But the Norwegian is relishing the tricky run, starting with Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
“We’ve added some exciting players going forward, we’ve scored goals, and it’s a nice time to be an attacking player for us as well,” Solskjaer explained.
“We need to keep that going, keep attacking, keep having the Man United DNA as well as defending well, come together as a team, make sure we’re hard to play against. I can’t think [about] Atalanta now, Liverpool.
“It’s only Leicester. And that’s probably going to be the key, that we only focus one game at a time, maybe even spells in games. We’re looking forward to this run.
He added: “All the best players want to play against the best teams, and we’ve got some of the best teams coming up.”