Manchester United were dealt a huge blow in their race to the top-4 and the Champions League when they lost Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the Manchester derby recently.
The Red Devils managed to put in a solid performance at the back to keep City away from danger as they held on to a clean sheet and a 0-0 draw to steal a point from that game.
This result put both Manchester clubs within touching distance of a place in the Champions League next season but it just got harder for Jose Mourinho’s side., who are hit with a number of injuries late in the season.
United play Celta Vigo in the semi-final of the Europa League this season and also are still to play Arsenal and Tottenham in their remaining games in the domestic league.
They are already without the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who are all ruled out for the rest of the season.
Paul Pogba and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also on the sidelines and they are now going to miss Marouane Fellaini for the next three games in the domestic league.
The versatile Belgian midfielder has been decent as a part of the midfield three for United recently and had a great game against City until he was suspended.
Fellaini made a couple of silly fouls on Aguero in the space of seconds and was in danger of being shown a second yellow but the midfielder appeared to head butt Sergio Aguero who confronted him.
Aguero made the most of the contact which saw Fellaini given a red card straight and though it did not affect United’s chances on the night, it might affect them in the long-term.
Mourinho now has Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick as his only midfielders with Fellaini now suspended for the next three games.
But it will come as a good news for the Red Devils fans who were worried that he might miss more games due to his dissent.
Fellaini was seen reluctant to leave the field at first, arguing with referee Martin Atkinson but it is now understood that the FA has decided not to take any further action regarding this matter.
This will mean that Fellaini will miss three of the five remaining league games for Manchester United.
Mourinho has already revealed that Wayne Rooney might be an option to play in the midfield for this weekend’s tie against Swansea.