Player Analysis

Nine reasons why Fellaini shouldn’t be anywhere near Man Utd’s first-team

An all too-familiar feeling greeted Manchester United fans in the 88th minute of their Premier League game with Everton on Sunday. 

Marouane Fellaini may have only been on the pitch for three minutes, but the lack of time didn’t stop him providing the game’s defining moment.

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The gangly Belgian extended one of his long limbs in an attempt to win the ball from Idrissa Gueye, but succeeded only in treading on the Everton midfielder’s foot to bring him down and concede a penalty.

Leighton Baines scored to leave Jose Mourinho side with a third successive league draw and Fellaini feeling a tad guilty and disappointed.

This was his 100th appearance in all competitions for the club he joined in September 2013, but rather than being a memorable occasion back at his former side, his cameo served as a highlight as to why he’s a fringe player.

Fellaini, who earns £100,000-a-week (via Mirror), had been brought on to sure-up the defence and ensure Everton could not get through. Instead, he committed a fatal error.

United fans were not impressed, and nor should they be, but this wasn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last that the 29-year-old frustrates.

Click on the gallery above to see nine reasons why Fellaini should not be near to Mourinho’s starting XI.

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