Fabio Da Silva was sent off after just four minutes of action against Swansea City this evening.
It is pretty hard to believe that before kick-off this evening there was a pocket of Manchester United fans on Twitter begging to see Fabio Da Silva in action. The Brazilian has not been given much of a chance under David Moyes - and has consistently lived in the shadow of his twin brother Rafael.
So there genuinely would have been some groans when Chris Smalling started at right-back today - as people genuinely still rate this guy.
Personally I have never got it. He had some moments early in his United career that definitely hinted promise - but his discipline and injury record has not helped him in any way.
Not only at United has he disappointed - but he was at times woeful for QPR on loan last season - with his defensive ineptitudes consistently on show as well as what looked like a battle with the bulge.
Call me harsh if you want, but in all honesty, right now, I could probably go further and United fans wouldn’t care after his actions today.
Fabio was called upon when Rio Ferdinand, predictably, limped out of the fixture at 1-1.
Less than five minutes later and Fabio flew into a wild lunge with Jose Antonio Canas and was deservedly shown a red card.
It was naïve, stupid, foolish and most of all inconsiderate to his team’s chances. The rest was predictable - Swansea dominated possession against ten men before Wilfried Bony scored in injury time … and sent Manchester United out of the FA Cup.
United under Moyes are struggling to get the results they need at Old Trafford - and now the FA Cjup is off the menu of potential silverware this season.
But what would help is keeping all ten men on the pitch - and Fabio let the club down this afternoon.
Don’t be surprised if that was his last four minutes of Manchester United football…
Here is some reaction from Twitter…
Whole twitter was buzzing about fabio starting.. he came on got himself sent off foolishly.. and caused us the game.. Hmm irony
— Jasper (@RedDevil_4life) January 5, 2014
Oh no! What will we do now Fabio's suspended?! Said no one, ever.— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) January 5, 2014
And that's the end of Fabio's Manchester United career— Vik (@IconicNumber7) January 5, 2014
The saddest part is blaming Moyes for today's defeat. We were playing better until that stupid Fabio's RED CARD— Kofi The Red Army (@KofiAkwaboah_MU) January 5, 2014
Reckon Fabio won't play again. Too many red cards and injuries throughout United career. Contract up in summer... Try and get a few quid now— Ben Whyatt (@benwhyatt9) January 5, 2014
No manager in the world can predict that Fabio would get himself sent off after 5 mins. Didn't everyone want him to be played?— Patrick Pollock (@patrickpollock) January 5, 2014
Loved being right next to the Swansea fans for the game, Fabio is a laughing stock. Good day at old Trafford— Jonny Lambert (@JonnyLambert1) January 5, 2014
#Stopblamingmoyesitsnothisfault. Blame the players. Is it moyes' fault that fabio can't play 2 minutes without being sent off— #HisRoyalUgliness (@__IKB) January 5, 2014
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