Manchester United are all set to face punishment from the Premier League because of their late arrival at White Hart Lane for Sunday’s high-voltage fixture with Tottenham.
Disappointing results, some bizarre sponsorship deals, the many excuses of Louis van Gaal – the anti-United brigade have been really spoiled for choice.
On Sunday, they were yet again the subject of great amusement when it emerged that their bus had been caught up in London traffic – delaying kick-off and fans jumped on the twitter platform with some ultimate banters.
The match was scheduled to kick off at 4pm, but as the Manchester United team bus was delayed in traffic, it was put back first to 4.15pm, and then to 4.30pm.
And as per the Premier League handbook, any club which delays the kick-off by 15 minutes or less will be handed a £5,000 fine.
But as Manchester United delayed the kick off by half-an-hour, they will now be dealt with under the provisions of section W of the Premier League handbook and will have to face a formal disciplinary hearing.
The lack of warm-up time might well have affected the Red Devil’s performance on the day as they faltered shamefully against Spurs, conceding three goals in the final 20 minutes.
Tottenham picked up a sensational 3-0 victory over the Red Devils, with Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, and Erik Lamela all scoring in the second-half for the home team.
The defeat now leaves Manchester United in fifth place, four points behind Manchester City, who currently sit in the final Champions League qualification spot.
A point deduction is not likely an option in the punishment but it is certainly an added headache that United would have wanted to have gone without as their battle to climb into the top four gets increasingly difficult.