Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini splits the fan base like very few others but his recent performances in a red shirt have seen him win over the majority of fans who wanted rid of him in the summer.
Louis van Gaal has found a role for the Belgian in his team but Fellaini has spoken this week about feeling tired given he’s had his longest run of starts so far in his short United career.
The midfielder certainly looked lethargic during the first half and his poor ball cost United a Southampton equaliser but he improved in a more reserved role later on as United defended their lead.
However, United fans were split on the Belgian’s performance but picked up on the fact he improved after the break.
Fellaini was lucky that McNair had fell to pieces because he was equally bad at that stage. Got better as the game went on.
— Schadenfreude (@RickIndeed) December 8, 2014
Fellaini can drive you mental at times but the people who always slate him are the same people who think a team can play with 10 attackers!
— Alan Flatley (@alflats11) December 8, 2014
@writtenoff_mufc thought Fellaini's second half was much better. Not necessarily good but he didn't some really crucial bits of defending
— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) December 8, 2014
Fellaini, like Steve Ritchie to Michael Crawford, with his most macabre, darkly comic performance of the season there
— Daniel Dawkins (@DanDawkins) December 8, 2014
in the team, those finishes. Fellaini abysmal first half but super second. Ander possibly man of the match. Rojo and Evans good 2nd half.
— Diarmaid Hill (@DiarmaidHill) December 8, 2014
Ander Herrera also struggled when he came on but van Gaal will want to make sure all his men are in peak physical condition when Liverpool come to town on Sunday.
The team will want to avenge last season’s 3-0 humiliation at Old Trafford and will need players with tired legs on the bench at most. It might now be time to give the Belgian a rest going into a busy period of matches.