Nemanja Vidić has red card appeal rejected

Mike Hewitt

Nemanja Vidić has failed in an appeal to have his three-match ban overturned.

Nemanja Vidić's appeal against suspension may well have been the most pointless of all time, and sure enough, it has been rejected. The Serbian defender was sent off for a lunge on Eden Hazard during Manchester United's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on the weekend, and will now have to sit out the next three games.

David Moyes after the game felt that a yellow card would've sufficed, though United can't really have any complaints about such a reckless challenge resulting in a red.

The result is that Vidić will notably miss the League Cup semifinal against Sunderland tomorrow night, alongside Premier League games against Stoke and Cardiff. Fortunately United have cover at centre-back, though it might not be pretty if Rio Ferdinand returns to the defence showing some of his recent form.

Other alternatives involve dropping Phil Jones into defence after he started in midfield against the Blues, or bringing Chris Smalling back into the side after he was benched for the last game.

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