Jon Obi Mikel did not see Wayne Rooney's nasty challenge on Oscar in Monday night's game between Manchester United and Chelsea, but he heard enough from his team-mates to know the striker should have been sent off.
The studs-up tackle came in injury time so it is unlikely a red card would have made a difference to the final result, which finished 0-0. However, following the final whistle, Rooney's tackle dominated the topic of conversation in the away dressing room.
Although Oscar escaped injury, television replays showed how high Rooney's boot had been, leading to suggestions that he should have been shown a red card instead of a yellow, giving him an automatic three-match ban.
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"I didn't see the tackle, but from what I've heard it was a bit high," Mikel told reporters. "The other players were talking about it at the end and they said he should have been sent off. Oscar is fine though."
And the Manchester United captain appears to be aware of his apparent lucky break. He told BT Sport in a post-match interview that he had apologised to Oscar following the final whistle and claimed it was an accident.
"It was accidental," he said. "I knew straight away I caught him and could have caused him a bit of damage, so I apologise.
"I apologised on the pitch, nothing was meant and I think the referee saw there was no intention of hurting him. He's given me a yellow card which I probably deserve."
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