Here’s why Bruno Fernandes is missing Carabao Cup quarter-final

Bruno Fernandes will miss Manchester United’s Carabao Cup quarter-final in the new year.

The Portugal midfielder captained the team to a 2-0 triumph over Burnley on Wednesday night and was instrumental in the build-up to the opening goal by Christian Eriksen, delivering a great pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

It was an impressive performance, overall, by our no.8 in his first outing since starring at the World Cup finals for his country in Qatar.

However, Fernandes picked up a yellow card in the 89th minute, for a foul on Connor Roberts, which is his second in the competition, after he was also cautioned during the 4-2 victory over Aston Villa last month.

Since the 2019/20 campaign, domestic bookings only count for that specific competition. If a player receives a caution in consecutive games in the Carabao Cup, they miss the next tie. All yellow cards accumulated are erased after the quarter-final stage and nobody will be unavailable for a final due to accumulating bookings.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno, who famously hates missing matches, will be sidelined for our last-eight game in the week commencing 9 January 2023. He has already had a Premier League ban this term, ensuring he sat out the defeat at Aston Villa on 6 November.

We will discover our opponents when the draw takes place on Thursday night, after Manchester City’s contest with Liverpool is concluded.


1. Charlton Athletic
2. Leicester City
4. Newcastle United
5. Nottingham Forest
6. Southampton
7. Wolves
8. Manchester City / Liverpool


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