Fellaini humiliated by Manchester United fans in new low for struggling midfielder
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Marouane Fellaini suffered fresh humiliation when he was jeered by Manchester United supporters during the team’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against West Ham on Sunday.
Loud cheers rang around Old Trafford when the Belgian was substituted with 16 minutes remaining of United’s quarter-final clash against the Londoners.
The home fans appeared to be reacting specifically to Fellaini’s withdrawal rather than the introduction of his replacement, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
As the former Everton made ran off the pitch, there was a loud cheer from the Old Trafford faithful, the loudest of the match up to that point, when West Ham were 1-0 up..
Fellaini was made the scapegoat for what had been another mediocre performance from Louis van Gaal’s side before Anthony Martial took the tie to a replay with an 82nd-minute equaliser.
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The midfielder’s inclusion in the starting X1 for a second consecutive match had earlier been heavily criticised by United supporters on social media, although it was a new low for him to then be blamed by the matchday supporters.
In other Manchester United news, Paul Scholes has blamed David de Gea for not saving Dimitri Payet’s long-distance free-kick that had broken the deadlock after 68 minutes at Old Trafford.