Louis van Gaal defends Marouane Fellaini after substitution against West Ham United elicits cheers

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal has defended Marouane Fellaini after his substitution was applauded by the Old Trafford crowd in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Fellaini had a frustrating game against West Ham and there were cheers when he was brought off after 76 minutes played.

Anthony Martial ended up grabbing a late equaliser for Man United and earning them a replay at Upton Park in the process. Van Gaal was disappointed with the reaction to Fellaini’s substitution:

While it might have been harsh to cheer Fellaini off, it is clear that the Belgian is not the right player for how supporters would ideally like to see United play.

Van Gaal has always been a coach with a reputation of liking controlled possession and Fellaini hardly lends himself to that style of play.

Against West Ham, the gangly Fellaini lost the ball too often and conceded too many fouls. It’s hard to see a future for him at the club.

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