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Manchester United hit with UEFA punishment as stars suspended from Europa League action

Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks off at the end of the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on March 14, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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Manchester United have been fined by UEFA. Five of their players were booked in last week’s 2-0 Europa League win over Granada, with three of those now facing suspensions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Granada with a 2-0 score, but the Red Devils’ lack of discipline during the game has now been punished.

Three players – Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw – were all booked in the first half alone, with Harry Maguire and substitute Nemanja Matic following them in the second period. McTominay, Shaw and Maguire will now be forced out of Thursday’s second leg against Granada at Old Trafford.

Moreover, UEFA hit United with a €7,000 fine on Wednesday. The governing body said in a statement that United were guilty of “improper conduct of their team” as they criticise their lack of discipline.

“It was not a perfect night. We got three yellow cards and three suspensions [but] 2-0 is very good result,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “We know how difficult it is to come to Spain.

“It’s created a good starting point for next week’s game – then we’ve got to play well to get a result. We want to win every game – football catches you so quickly if you rest. We can’t have any other approach. It’s still a young team, a learning team, and we have to improve all the time.”

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