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.