Manchester United’s fixtures don’t always go as the manager intended.

Moments of hot-headedness – see Eric Cantona or Roy Keane – the players often landed with red cards.

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Then there are ridiculous referee decisions that also play a role, see Nani v Real Madrid 2013.

Below is a list of the players with the most red cards from Manchester United of all time. There are many names from the time of Sir Alex Ferguson on the list.

Manchester United Records: Most Red Cards

  1. Roy Keane


  2. Paul Scholes


  3. Nemanja Vidic


  4. Nicky Butt, Mark Hughes

    5 each

  5. Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Darren Fletcher, Pat Crerand and Gary Neville

    4 each

  6. Eric Bailly, Rafael da Silva, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Denis Law and Wayne Rooney

    3 each

It actually seems bizarre that Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo received the same number of red cards in their United careers.

The difference was that Cantona got his four in 185 games and it took Ronaldo 292 to accumulate that number. If Cantona hadn’t received an eight-game ban on kung fu kicking the fan, he might have had time to raise more.

Eric Bailly is the only current United player on the list and his new contract gives him time to improve.

Roy Keane’s record of 11 United red cards is a record never to be beaten.

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