Marouane Fellaini: Down but not out

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Spanish newspaper AS’s decision not to give Marouane Fellaini a rating following Tuesday’s game withBayern Munich was undoubtedly a slightly snide publicity stunt yet the Belgian’s ineffectual performance is quickly becoming symbolic; a tall, microphone-headed indictment of David Moyes’ disheartening first season at the club.

Tuesday’s game was undoubtedly one of Fellaini’s least accomplished so far in a red shirt. The match was a culmination of all the conditions under which he has struggled: a vital game against the strongest of opposition, boasting a midfield characterised by its fast movement and incisive passing, under the pressure of a home crowd under the floodlights at Old Trafford.

And to the stadium’s grim lack of surprise, he once again failed to put in the performance he was purchased for £27.5 million to provide. When he did manage to catch up with play, his contributions were dire: his first touch was heavy, his passing unadventurous and slow paced. He seemed to require three touches to do what each Bayern midfielder could comfortably achieve in one. Continue reading

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