Former Premier League footballer Trevor Sinclair has called for Manchester United to be docked six points after the club fielded what he felt was a "B" team against Leicester City on Tuesday.
Faced with the prospect of three matches in the space of five days, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotated his side for their Premier League clash against the Foxes, naming 10 changes to his starting XI.
The result was that a youthful-looking Red Devils suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brendan Rodgers' side, who have now taken a commanding advantage over the likes of Liverpool and West Ham United in the race for 2021/22 UEFA Champions League qualification.
Speaking after the match, former Hammers winger Sinclair hit out at United for fielding what he perceived to be a weakened team at this stage of the season.
"Without being disrespectful to the players that played tonight, they made 10 changes, this is their 'B' team," Sinclair told talkSPORT. "I think that's disrespectful and it takes away from the top-four race."
He also suggested that the Manchester club's fixture congestion was not a justification for the changes as the calendar rescheduling resulted from the postponement of United's clash against Liverpool due to uncontrolled protests outside Old Trafford earlier this month.
"Why didn't the police and the club make amendments and make sure they safeguard the stadium? They didn't do that," the former England international continued.
"The teams that are going to suffer from Man United's lack of due diligence, the ones who could miss out on the top four, are Chelsea possibly, Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham.
"I think there needs to be a punishment. Three points isn't enough because that doesn't affect anything. I honestly feel the way they put out this team, the way they didn't safeguard their stadium, I think a six-point deduction should be given to Man United."
Scroll through the gallery below to see the protests outside Old Trafford earlier this month