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Romelu Lukaku could face retrospective ban for kicking out at player

Romelu Lukaku could be hit with a three-match ban that would rule him out the Manchester derby after appearing to have kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

Referee Neil Swarbrick, in charge of United’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, is due to submit his match report on Monday and after if wgucg the FA would review video footage of the incident.

The incident, which took happened at the Brighton penalty area in the second half when United hosted Brighton during the weekend, took place just moments before Ashley Young’s deflected winner for United and went unpunished at the time.

Video footage appears to show Lukaku aiming two kicks at Bong, the second of which looks to have made contact the Brighton defender.

In such incidents, the FA can look at the video and choose to charge the 24-year-old Belgian with violent conduct even if it is not mentioned in Swarbrick’s officiating report.

Should Lukaku be found guilty of the charge, it would rule him out of United’s next three domestic games — against Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday and the first Manchester derby of the season against Manchester City the following weekend.

The latter case could prove to be a vital fixture as it features the two teams currently standing on the summit of the Premier League table.

Lukaku has scored 12 goals in 20 games since his summer switch from Everton but has just one in his last 10 appearances, and should he be suspended United would turn to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has made three substitute appearances since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off.

Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini could leave on free next summer

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be leaving the club on a free agent next summer after refusing to sign the new contract the club offered him in September.

The Belgian international, who has recovered from injury recently in time to play against Chelsea, have been at the negotiating table since last season on a new deal as he remains unhappy at the terms offered.

Fellaini, 29, is thought to want a marked increase on his terms, despite earning around £120,000 a week after United triggered a one-year extension in January and raised his salary from £80,000 a week.

However, United boss Jose Mourinho has been adamant that he will not sanction his sale in the January window even if the former Everton player has still not agreed a fresh deal by then — something of which could see United face the prospect of a player who turns 30 next week, and so is in his prime, walking away for nothing.

Still, if that comes to pass, since United do not hold any options to trigger an automatic extension he would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside the Premier League in January.

This was perfectly legal as player contract regulations stipulates that they can negotiate a transfer six months with another club before their current agreement with their current club expires.

Fellaini has emerged as a key part of Mourinho’s team, after he endured a difficult start when signing for David Moyes for £27.5m in the summer of 2013. 56 of his 142 United appearances have come in the 15 months since Mourinho took charge of the Red Devils.

The Portuguese has also been a staunch supporter of his player amidst heavy criticism against a number of his performances, and despite the protracted discussions and the impasse Mourinho has not given up hope Fellaini will agree to sign on again.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane set to miss out for up to six weeks

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had been ruled out of action through a hamstring injury for around six weeks.

Mane, 25, was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jurgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday.

The Senegalese international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

There was little doubt that he is amongst Liverpool’s most influential players, and as a result his injury has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury.

Lallana has already been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mane who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town.  

The Reds will still hope to have Mane in contention for their Champions League fixture in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.

“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”

Klopp’s side have often struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team as compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.