Why Amad Diallo won't miss Man Utd's FA Cup semi-final clash despite red card vs Liverpool

The Manchester United winger was sent off after scoring the winner at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Amad Diallo saw red after scoring the winner in Manchester United's dramatic FA Cup victory over Liverpool on Sunday but the winger will still be able to play in the semi-final clash against Coventry City.

Amad was the hero at Old Trafford on Sunday, sending United into the last-four with a cool finish to make it 4-3 in added-time of extra-time. An FA Cup classic saw Liverpool lead 2-1 and 3-2 but Marcus Rashford levelled the score again before seeing his Ivorian teammate snatch a winner.

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Understandably caught up in the heat of the moment, Amad removed his shirt and held it up to the crowd in celebration, but the 21-year-old had already been booked for stopping a quick free-kick and so was sent off just seconds later. As per competition rules, the winger will serve a one-game ban but that will not starve him of an FA Cup semi-final appearance.

In a recent amendment to the rules, red cards are no longer competition specific which means that getting sent off in the FA Cup does not lead to a ban for the next round. Put simply, Amad's one-match suspension will be served during the Premier League visit to Brentford after the international break.

The amendment has only been applied to red cards, so accruing a certain number of bookings will still lead to a competition-specific suspension. It is why Enzo Fernandez had to miss Chelsea's quarter-final win over Leicester City on Sunday after two previous FA Cup bookings.

United have another excellent chance at reaching the final, having been drawn against Coventry in the last-four. Mark Robins' Championship outfit beat Wolves in a dramatic quarter-final clash of their own on Saturday but are undoubtedly the favourable option, given the other semi-final will see Chelsea face Manchester City.

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Erik ten Hag's side reached the final last season and could experience a repeat fixture, having lost 2-1 against City in last year's showpiece event at Wembley. But progression past Liverpool has kept alive the Dutchman's hope of silverware and improved his chances of remaining in the dugout beyond summer.

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