Ander Herrera escapes red card for horror tackle on Joe Allen

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Last week seems a long time ago now, when Manchester United blew the Premier League champions Leicester City away by four goals to one.

The Red Devils appeared lethargic against Stoke City, possibly feeling the effects of their midweek exploits in the Europa League. They dropped two points against the team who were rock bottom of the table going into the game after Joe Allen cancelled out Anthony Martial's opener.

Jose Mourinho is sure to be upset with David de Gea's goalkeeping for the goal but he should be thankful it is not a lot worse. After all, they could have been left with ten men with the game still at 0-0.

Ander Herrera arguably deserved to see red after his horror tackle on Stoke midfielder Joe Allen in the 54th minute. The Welshman was threatening to break away and Herrera stuck out a leg in an effort to win the ball.

However, he completely missed it and his studs landed perilously close to his opponent's groin. He received a yellow card for the incident but it is clear the card should have been a different colour.

You can take a look at the tackle in the video below:

Tellingly, former referee Howard Webb was under no illusions that it should have been a red card.

Webb said on live TV: "Referees deal with consequences and not intentions. All the studs go into the thigh of Joe Allen at real height and with some force. So that is a reckless tackle that endangers the safety of the opponent.

"It's clearly one that Herrera got away with."

And fans on Twitter appear to agree with him.

Playing it down

Having scored the equalising goal, Allen certainly got his revenge on the Manchester United man. Perhaps that is why he felt able to play down the incident in the post-match interview.

Asked if it should have been a red card, Allen told BT Sport: "Yeah, possibly. In fairness, he was going for the ball and he caught me with his studs. Sometimes they get sent off, sometimes they don't."

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