Before Marouane Fellaini’s extraordinary miss-judgement on Sunday, Manchester United fans haven’t had much to say about their Belgian midfielder.
These things change and he is now seen as a scapegoat for United’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday for giving away a silly penalty just minutes after coming on as a substitute.
But can we not shift some of the blame to Jose Mourinho, who several months after taking the job still turns to Fellaini when United need to grind out a result, despite having genuine issues doing so all season.
Surely part of being pragmatic is realising you cannot sit on one goal leads when your defensive players are not good enough?
United have one Premier League win since the end of September. The football is better but that record is inexcusable.
However, Fellaini has reportedly picked up interest from West Ham United, as Jason Burt from the Telegraph writes the London club hope they can strike a deal during the January transfer window.
A significant stumbling block will be whether the Hammers can cover Fellaini’s wages and they may hope to cut a deal with United who are carrying a big squad under Mourinho and may want to shift some players.
So, with all due respects, the majority of people around Old Trafford are well aware that Fellaini isn’t up to it. Except the manager, that is.
But West Ham — granted they can strike a deal — would be a good move for the former Everton midfielder, regardless of being a step down, as United need someone reliable.