Manchester United fans frustrated with Marouane Fellaini’s performance vs Sheffield United

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United fans were left frustrated by the performance of Marouane Fellaini in the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Belgian started in a holding midfield role alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and his immobility in the middle of the park was highlighted during a dismal display from Man United. Fellaini was unable to properly use his height and heading ability as a threat throughout the match as he always seemed to be too deep to cause any problems in the final third.

With United dominating possession, it was disappointing to see the 28-year-old not involved further up the pitch where he could have made more of an impact. Supporters of the club disagreed hugely with Louis van Gaal‘s decision to keep Fellaini on the pitch after subbing off Ander Herrera and made their feelings known.

United fans were forced to endure a torrid 90 minutes of football and were left grateful for Wayne Rooney‘s 93rd minute winner from the penalty spot. Many felt Fellaini was a huge part of the problem but it was van Gaal’s deployment of the big midfielder that could also be scrutinised.

Playing against League One opposition at Old Trafford, the manager decided to persist with two holding midfielders, rather than choose to be more expansive and push Fellaini further up the pitch.

With Bastian Schweinsteiger picking up a knee injury late in the game, Fellaini could be due to start against Newcastle United in midweek. United supporters will hope he can have a better game against the Geordies.

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