Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could be banned for three games after the Football Association charged him with violent conduct for apparently elbowing an opponent.

Ferdinand only returned to action after three months out on Saturday but was filmed clashing with Hull forward Craig Fagan.

United won 4-0 to return to the top of the Premier League but the FA charged him after watching the video of the match.

Ferdinand must respond to the charge on Wednesday and the FA will hear the case on Thursday. The England international would miss matches against Arsenal, Portsmouth and Aston Villa if banned.

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