Paul Scholes is set to miss Manchester United's top-of-the-table clash against Arsenal after being sent off in United's FA Cup semi-final.

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Scholes was given his marching orders for a thigh-high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta during the second half of his side's 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Manchester City at Wembley.

If referee Mike Dean confirms that the midfielder was dismissed for violent conduct, the veteran will be slapped with an automatic three-match suspension, ruling him out of United's trip to Newcastle in midweek as well as a home clash against Everton on Easter Sunday.

The suspension would also see him miss the match which could decide the destination of the Premier League title when United travel to Emirates Stadium on May 1.

Scholes had only just returned from a two-match ban for collecting 10 yellow cards, and his manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the referee had no option but to send Scholes off.

"We've seen over his career, Paul has had unbelievable moments," Ferguson said. "He is one of the greatest players this club has ever had. But he has his red mist moments - he caught the boy on his thigh."