Manchester United were reduced to ten men in their FA Cup defeat against Arsenal tonight in controversial circumstances.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck secured a 2-1 win for Arsenal at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney scoring for the home side.
The biggest talking point from the game occurred when Angel Di Maria was given his marching orders after being given two yellow cards in a matter of seconds.
The Argentine winger was handed a caution for what was adjudged to be a dive by referee Michael Oliver. The player was aggrieved at this decision as he felt he had been fouled. In his protests, he tugged at Oliver’s shirt to get his attention but this only got attention that Di Maria would rather have avoided receiving.
You can’t put your hands on the referee.
Oliver could have perhaps let it slide but chose to brandish a second yellow and send Di Maria walking.
The decision has largely been met with praise on social media but there are a few who recall Joe Hart going head-to-head with Oliver earlier in the season and not even receiving a warning.
Was it a brave decision or did Oliver lose the run of the game?
You can see the Twitter reaction below.
You can go head to head, not tug pic.twitter.com/w665YMlCBA
— StrettyNews.com (@StrettyNews) March 9, 2015
Di Maria has been a fool there, grabbing referee’s shirt. Stupid, stupid way to get sent off.
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 9, 2015
Di Maria sent off for putting his hands on the ref, Utd now with a mountain to climb
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) March 9, 2015
Di Maria booked for diving, then for pushing the ref. United down to 10.
— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) March 9, 2015
Van Gaal threw that game long before Di Maria did.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) March 9, 2015
Di Maria sent off for diving and Danny Welbeck sending Man United out of the FA Cup, wonderful scenes.
— ️ (@RedRegista) March 9, 2015
Michael Oliver when Di Maria pulled his shirt pic.twitter.com/ntpUGA6VsC
— FootyHumour (@FootyHumour) March 9, 2015
Ah, Di Maria. All the frustration of his season came out there. So silly. Maybe so costly.
— Keir Radnedge (@KeirRadnedge) March 9, 2015
“@legsidelizzy: You can’t touch the ref. Just can’t. What a wazzock”. Outrageous I’d give him 5 games for that.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 9, 2015
Think michael oliver has reffed this very well tonight #abouttime
— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) March 9, 2015