Manchester United fans were quick to vent their fury towards Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian picked up a needless red card during their side’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Thursday night.
Fellaini, quite literally seconds after being booked for a rash foul on Sergio Aguero, bundled into the Argentine again and, for no clear season, head-butted him to the floor.
Referee Martin Atkinson immediately reached for a red card and Jose Mourinho, as a result, will be without the 29-year-old for three games.
Man United fans didn’t hesitate when it came to lambasting Fellaini for what was a moment of real stupidity.
Fellaini's played well recently but he's always got that in him – because he's an idiot, and he'll never be good enough to play for United
— pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) April 27, 2017
That wasn't great at all but following the poor performance and Fellaini red card it isn't a bad result. #MatchdayMac
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) April 27, 2017
Idiotic of Fellaini to have done what he did. That it took that long for a yellow sums up Atkinson's incompetence.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) April 27, 2017
This was a moment of a madness, but something Fellaini can do – and has done in the past – just when the situation demands a cool head. The fact that the head-butt came just moments after he picked up a booking seemed to accentuate what was a pitiful episode of brainlessness on the Belgian’s behalf.
Mourinho, with very few options going forward and a number of crucial games coming up that required Fellaini’s steel, will most definitely feel like having a few words with the Belgian in the aftermath, one suspects.