Matteo Guendouzi took some stopping at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, so Marouane Fellaini went to extremes to check his progress - he pulled his hair.
The Manchester United midfielder escaped without a yellow card and we were left with a free-kick that came to nothing as time ticked away.
Guendouzi’s unmistakeable hairstyle makes him one of the few players who can be hauled back in such a manner, but Unai Emery has a simple solution for him.
“I think the best thing for the next match is for Matteo to cut his hair, and this problem is finished!” he joked at Thursday’s press conference. “Like Fellaini did!” added Unai, referring to the Belgian’s recent trim.
“When I was a player it was the same,” Unai went on. “Today, with the cameras, all the situations happening in the 90 minutes can be seen. Some questions are, for me, between the players on the pitch. If it’s not a good action they can receive a card. On the pitch, the situation happened and it’s between the players.”
So has Unai told Matteo about his idea? “No, I respect the players’ hair a lot!” he replied.
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