Premier League rule change led to Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United suspension

Ten Hag received a caution on Saturday against Luton Town meaning he has picked up three bookings so far this season. The Dutchman must now serve a one-match touchline ban against Everton after the international break.

Last year, the threshold before a suspension for managers was four bookings but in a bid to crack down on dissent this has been changed. Eight bookings in total will lead to a two-match ban for Ten Hag while 16 will see him sent to a FA hearing.

Post-match, Ten Hag reflected on his booking: “Yes, that&aposs the way [it is], so I have to accept that. Its not nice but Im sure well prepare for Everton and my coaching staff will take over, they are very competent to do the job.”

“[I was booked for] a moment so clear, it was a throw-in,” he later added. “But it was the second time. I was on top of it and it was so clear and obvious [it was] our ball. It was my remark, therefore, I got booked.”