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Herrera: I didn’t deserve a yellow card

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Ander Herrera picked up a yellow card after his close encounter with Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi, as the referee accused him of simulation

The Spanish midfielder was shown a yellow card for diving in the Manchester derby, where United lost 2-1 against the Citizens, and Herrera says he should be able to appeal.

The Manchester United midfielder was booked during the second half of an eagerly-anticipated encounter at Old Trafford as the home side pushed for a late equaliser, GOAL reports.

The score was already 2-1, when the Spaniard went down in the box, thanks to pressure from City defender Otamendi. And instead of getting a penalty, the midfielder was awarded a yellow card, which made both him and Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho furious after the game.

“I think the penalty is amazing. I touched the ball first and he stamped on my foot. I think everyone saw it,” Herrera told reporters when asked about the decision of match official Michael Oliver.

“Everyone can make mistakes too, also the referee, I didn’t deserve the yellow card. In the first half [there were] the same situations with Gabriel Jesus and [Leroy] Sane and they didn’t get yellow cards.”

“Now that is my fourth yellow card and that is a big problem for me because I want to play every game,” he added.

The 28-year-old even suggested how Premier League could improve compared to La Liga: “In Spain if you get something undeserved you can appeal and they take it out. That is one of the things that could improve the Premier League.”

“In my opinion the organisation is the best in the world, but it is a real shame that if you don’t deserve a yellow card you cannot appeal, afterwards. Hopefully one day that rule can change,” the midfielder expressed his disappointment.