The Liverpool skipper was a half-time substitute, but he had barely gotten started before he was finished.
Not surprisingly, the Internet went into overdrive with reaction.
REVEALED: Steven Gerrard's heat map vs Man United. pic.twitter.com/U3ZSgVsG44— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) March 22, 2015
Steven Gerrard vs. Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/UbcPqj5NvV— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 22, 2015
Steven Gerrard really should have set the captain's armband on fire as he walked off for added flair.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) March 22, 2015
Celebrate Steven Gerrard's appearance with a Premier League winners T-Shirt special pic.twitter.com/ShDqXLLRkr— United Rant (@unitedrant) March 22, 2015
And for once, there was even room to praise the referee for making a brave and correct decision:
Astonishing drama at Anfield. Steven Gerrard: no sooner on than off. Can't argue with the red card.— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) March 22, 2015