€45m Manchester United target sent off as he costs his side defeat

Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala had a game to forget for Porto.

Last weekend it was widely reported that Manchester United had sent scouts to watch Eliaquim Mangala in action.

The Frenchman may hope that the Red Devils did not have anybody in the stands last night as his Porto side slipped to a surprise loss at home to Estoril.

The centre-back gave away a late penalty and was handed a straight red card, which Evandro gleefully converted for the visitors.

It was an unpopular defeat, staggeringly a first home defeat for Porto in five seasons, a record which spans 91 matches.

The result meant Porto slipped to third, four points off leaders Porto with Sporting Lisbon in second place. Estoril are the Primeira Liga's surprise package, sitting in fourth place and vying for a European spot.

Supporters from Porto were furious with the loss, 200 of them gathering outside the stadium to wait for the team bus and officials and vent their anger, reported newspaper A Bola, with police called to prevent any disturbances.

The red card was Eliaquim Mangala's first of the season, and only the third of the 23-year-old's career so far.

A target for Manchester United to potentially replace the departing Nemanja Vidic, the rare dismissal is unlikely to deter United, with the Serbian prone to picking up red cards himself.

image: © Clément Bucco-Lechat

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