By Coral Barry
Marouane Fellaini connected yet again with the face of a Liverpool player when Manchester United took on their historic rivals at Old Trafford in the Europa League – and Reds fans were enraged.
The Belgian was lucky to be involved in the second leg for United after cameras caught him throwing an arm in the face of Emre Can last week at Anfield.
Fellaini avoided retrospective action from UEFA and was named in Louis Van Gaal’s starting eleven on Thursday night.
However it took the midfielder just a few minutes to get involved in another clash, this time with Roberto Firmino.
Fellaini's elbows are working overtime again… pic.twitter.com/cbai3qdTjI
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) March 17, 2016
Referee Milorad Mazic awarded the free-kick against Fellaini but nothing more, ignoring Firmino’s protests.
Liverpool fans were infuriated that Fellaini escaped unscathed yet again from another questionable elbow and let their feelings be known on Twitter during the game.
At this point you start to think that Fellaini's elbows are an endangered species, because they keep attacking people without consequences.
— Monkey D. Jiggy (@Jackel_Ramzilla) March 17, 2016
Fellaini shouldn't even be on the pitch…
— Stephen James Taylor (@SteKenobi) March 17, 2016
I turn on the game and Fellaini is standing there with his shoulders up denying blame for something. Looks like I found the right game.
— Jarrett Smith (@Jarrett_Smith) March 17, 2016
How does Fellaini get away with it every single game? #MUFCvLFC
— Mikey Richardson (@mikeyricho) March 17, 2016
Fellaini's elbows make their customary appearance
— Abhijit (@abhijit_13) March 17, 2016
Fellaini gets away with a flying elbow again. Shock
— James (@JammitLFC) March 17, 2016
You've got to hand it to Fellaini – his talent for elbowing opponents matched only by his ability to get away with it
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) March 17, 2016
One Liverpool supporter thinks he has discovered the real reason behind Fellaini’s luck with referees.
"I can't give Fellaini a card for that cardable offence, I'd end up sending him off within 13 minutes & we can't have that"
-Every ref ever
— Brenzie (@Brenzie) March 17, 2016
In other Liverpool news, Paul Scholes seems to agree with Reds supporters about Fellaini’s tactics.