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Manchester United fined after six bookings against Arsenal

ESPN staff
March 10, 2015
Van Gaal: The players are disappointed

Manchester United's disciplinary problems have increased as they face an FA fine for having six players cautioned in their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Monday.

United currently have two players suspended, with Jonny Evans having served one match of a six-game ban for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and Angel Di Maria set to miss Sunday's clash with Tottenham as punishment for his red card against Arsenal.

Now, United will be fined £25,000 after Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Di Maria and Adnan Januzaj were all booked by referee Michael Oliver in their FA Cup quarter-final loss at Old Trafford.

FA rules state that clubs face an automatic fine if six or more players are shown yellow cards in the same game and United reached that mark when substitute Januzaj was booked for diving.

In total, they received seven yellow cards with Di Maria also booked for diving before he was cautioned again for pulling Oliver's shirt as part of his protests.

It will be the first time United have been fined by the FA during Louis van Gaal's reign for their ill-discipline.

However, they have had five players sent off this season, with Tyler Blackett, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw all being dismissed earlier in the campaign.

Van Gaal, who did not defend Di Maria and said the Argentine was "not so smart" and there was "no excuse" for his actions, claimed he had warned his players before kick-off to make sure they did not receive a red card.

However, with a turnover of £433 million in the last financial year, United ought to be able to afford to pay the fine.

Adnan Januzaj was booked for diving by referee Michael Oliver © Getty Images
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