They say "luck evens itself out in football", and although United were robbed of a good goal against Man City on Sunday, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could (and should) have been given a red card for his horror tackle.
And that would have meant missing the next three games.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa: "I was waiting to meet him in front of the changing-room door but he got treatment.
"Then, I immediately tried to get his phone number. I called him several times but he never answered.
"I left a message, I tried again on Monday but I failed to talk to him. I will try again because I want to apologise personally. I was so sorry.
"I clearly didn't want to hurt him or be violent with such a gesture. I wanted to trip him up, there was no nastiness.
"I just wanted to prevent him from going ahead, make him fall.
"He stayed upright on the first tackle, but fell on the second one."
Samir Nasri: "I finally heard it should be a two-month absence and I was relieved. When I heard it could be broken knee ligaments and it could imperil his World Cup, I felt really bad."