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Angel di Maria will avoid lengthy ban after red card in Arsenal defeat - round-up

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Angel di Maria will avoid a lengthy ban for his red card in Manchester United's 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Arsenal last night.

The Argentinian ace picked up two yellow cards in quick succession, first for a dive then secondly for putting his hands on referee Michael Oliver in the second half at Old Trafford.

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He automatically picked up a one-game ban for his indiscretions, and it was suggested he may be facing further punishment from the FA over the nature of his offence. 

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However according to the Telegraph, Manchester United's record signing won't face any further actions for his offences. The paper point out that Norwich City defender Martin Olsson was given a three-match ban for a similar offence earlier this season.

Di Maria will now only miss Manchester United's showdown against Tottenham this weekend, and will be back for key games against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. 

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The former Real Madrid ace has disappointed this season, but had looked sharp in the first half against the Gunners. It was his pinpoint cross that allowed Wayne Rooney to equalise in the first half, before former Old Trafford favourite Danny Welbeck bagged to game's decisive goal.

LVG unhappy with Di Maris antics

Louis van Gaal was less than impressed with Di Maria last night after his red card which all but put to paid to the Red Devils' chances of mounting a comeback and booking a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

“In Spain he knows that he doesn’t touch the referee, but that is also in his emotion. I’ve already spoken with him, he knows my opinion but also I have to see on the video," he told reporters following the match.

Ferguson has message for Piers Morgan

Finally we end with Sir Alex Ferguson, and the great Scot had a few choice words for famous Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan after last night's game.

The TV presenter was revelling in his side's win last night by goading famous Red Devils including Usain Bolt and Chris Gayle, and TV presenter Eammon Holmes, who watched the match with Fergie said the legendary boss had this to say about Morgan:

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