Former Manchester United full-back has labelled Marouane Fellaini as pathetic after the Belgian gave away a late penalty during his side’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho‘s men were on course for a vital win on the road at Goodison Park following Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s goal in the first half, and the 53-year-old decided to throw on Fellaini to add some muscle to the side’s back line as Everton begun to press.
But after just four minutes, the 29-year-old single-handedly undid all of Man United’s good work with a stupid, needless foul on Idrrisa Gueye in the 89th minute, giving Leighton Baines a chance to convert from the spot.
Neville, whilst commentating on the game for Sky Sports, was quick to lambast the former Everton man.
“It’s just rubbish from Fellaini,” he said.
“It’s obvious – as soon as you commit yourself in the box you’re in danger of giving a penalty away. It’s garbage from him.
“It is really pathetic from such an experienced player. He’s come on to actually see a game out. No composure and it was obvious what was coming, you could see it a mile off.”
You can tell that Neville – who is watching the replays of Fellaini’s foul as he says this – is trying unbelievably hard to not swear. I actually think he was the only United fan to not release a torrent of various expletives at the Belgian as United prepared to kick off once again.
This was not just a simple error of judgement that cost United two points; this was a defining set-back in the context of the side’s entire side. Mourinho’s men, notorious for their mental fragility, needed this. They needed a hard-fought, Mourinho-esque 1-0 win on the road at a tricky ground. Such a result would have helped exercised so many demons that have hitherto plagued this United side.
But thanks to Fellaini’s stupidity, those demons will double in stature as United enter the busy Christmas break.