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Why Alejandro Garnacho received a yellow card after being subbed vs Wolves



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Alejandro Garnacho received a yellow card after being substituted during Manchester United’s dramatic 4-3 win over Wolves on Thursday.

Garnacho started on the right wing for United with Marcus Rashford back in action on the left and had another solid performance.

The Argentine looks very comfortable coming inside from the right flank and creating danger. He was eventually replaced by Jonny Evans in the 93rd minute, with Erik ten Hag looking to hold onto the 3-2 lead his team had.

That plan soon seemed to crumble, however, when Wolves equalised three minutes later with a quick counter-attack after Antony was dispossessed on the edge of the box.

It seemed like United were going to drop two points despite a good overall performance, but Kobbie Mainoo managed to produce a piece of magic one minute later.

The teenager skipped past one Wolves player before coming inside from the left and curling the ball into the far corner of the net to secure the win for his team.

In the midst of United’s wild celebrations after the goal, Alejandro Garnacho was pictured running onto the pitch in his full kit to celebrate with his academy teammate whom he won the FA Youth Cup with.

Garnacho and Mainoo seem to have a close relationship, and the Argentine wouldn’t have been complaining when he saw a yellow card for his celebrations. But why was he cautioned?

Under FA Law 12 of fouls and misconduct, it is said that a player will be cautioned when ‘entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission’.

Since Garnacho had been replaced but then re-entered the pitch for the celebrations, it was a worthy yellow card by the rulebook. Of course, the officials do not quite understand the passion of a last-minute winning goal.

The winger has received four yellow cards so far in the Premier League this season but is now safe from the five-card threshold since we have passed the 19th matchday.

Instead, players will now receive a two-match ban if they accumulate 10 yellow cards before the 33rd Premier League matchday.