First blood Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s men have been handed an early advantage as the first Manchester derby of the season looms. Sergio Aguero has been handed a three-match ban for a petulant elbow he threw out at Winston Reid in the West Ham game just under a week ago.
As the referee didn’t spot the incident, this allowed the Football Association to charge the 28-year-old Argentinian with violent conduct, but City decided to appeal that charge as they felt their ruling was unjust.
Unfortunately for the blue half of Manchester, the FA rejected City’s appeal and their three match ban will stand. Ruling their star man out of the biggest game of the season so far.
Many wanted to see a straight shootout between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero, but now that won’t happen.
You’d have to say United are favourites for the game now, home-field advantage and City without their best player? Lets go get those three points, reds!
Check out the FA’s tweet here:
— The FA (@FA) September 2, 2016