Manchester United defender handed three-match ban, will miss Real Madrid game

Manchester United will be without the services of defender Eric Bailly for the Super Cup clash against Real Madrid after he was handed a retrospective ban by UEFA. The Ivory Coast international received a straight red card during the second-leg of United’s Europa League semi-final win over Celta Vigo.

Bailly, 23, was dismissed after a brawl with former Manchester City forward John Guidetti in the final minutes of the 1-1 draw while Facundo Roncaglia was also sent off for retaliating.

As a result, the centre-back had received a one-match ban in the final against Ajax, which United won by a 2-0 scoreline, and UEFA have now handed him with an additional two-game suspension which will see him miss the Super Cup clash against Real Madrid as well as the Champions League curtain raiser, Sky Sports News claims.

The Ivorian has been one of the most consistent defenders for the Red Devils, but his discipline has let him down with two red cards in Europe last term. Victor Lindelof is a definite starter versus Madrid, and he could be accompanied by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling or Daley Blind at the heart of the defence.

Manchester United end their pre-season tour of the United States with a clash against Barcelona in Landover, Maryland on Wednesday, and Bailly is expected to make the starting lineup.

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