Manchester United fans were pleased with Marouane Fellaini‘s performance in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool despite their side’s exit from the Europa League on Thursday.
They were, however, pleasantly surprised by Fellaini’s gutsy performance:
Don't understand United fans slating Fellaini last week, best United player in the tie so far
— Twisted Firestarter (@Nash_Lanky) March 17, 2016
Fellaini has been our best player tbh
— kene ???????? (@kenethegod) March 17, 2016
Fair play to Fellaini he's been good so far
— K Legacy (@KLegacyMusic) March 17, 2016
It was the nature of Fellaini’s performance – as opposed to its result – that was laudable. Indeed, playing in a side restricted by Louis van Gaal‘s system and plagued with confidence issues, the 28-year-old embodied a type of resilience and boisterousness that, on a night doomed from the start, was admirable.
United fans may bemoan the Belgian’s inability to boost his side’s attacking bravado, but the dynamic he offers – powerful, disruptive, and fuelled with rage – is important when it comes to contests like these.
If he had shown the same aggression in the first leg, the outcome might have been different for van Gaal’s side.