Michail Antonio's red card for West Ham against Southampton has handed Manchester United an unexpected bonus ahead of their next match.
Antonio had enjoyed an excellent start to the season, netting four goals before the international break, but two yellow cards in the draw with the Saints brought him crashing back down to earth.
United, meanwhile, had a much better day as Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford was marked with a brace in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle.
It doesn't look like the Red Devils need any added help with Ronaldo back in the team, but Antonio's sending off has certainly provided them with some.
That's because the 31-year-old will now be suspended when the Hammers host United at the London Stadium next Sunday.
Two bookable offences earn you a one-game suspension which the striker will serve for the clash after getting a very late booking yesterday.
He'd already seen yellow earlier in the match when he brought down a breaking Moussa Djenepo in the 95th minute to prompt David Coote to go to his pocket again.
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David Moyes will have to do without his top scorer and August's Premier League Player of the Month because of the tackle which he described as "stupid".
The Scot is not blessed with striking options having still not replaced Sebastien Haller who left in January, so United will certainly have an upper hand.
In stark contrast, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a depth of attacking options to choose from, which was exemplified in the rout of Newcastle.
Not only did Ronaldo bag two but Bruno Fernandes scored his fourth goal of the season and Jesse Lingard got in on the act late on.
Lingard will be facing the team where he rejuvenated his career last season and could still join in the coming months as he can't get regular football at Old Trafford.
He started on the bench yesterday with Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho deployed on the wings, once against showing the strength of United's offensive options.
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