By Coral Barry
Howard Webb has labelled Marouane Fellaini a thug after the midfielder’s performance against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.
Fellaini, 28, played the entire 90 minutes during United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford and former referee Webb thinks there were several incidents where the Belgian could have been given his marching orders.
Webb pointed out two moments where Fellaini violently swung an arm into the faces of Liverpool’s Emre Can and Dejan Lovren and was disgusted to see such behaviour on the football pitch.
“There’s one thing imposing yourself physically on a game, but it’s another thing being a thug in the field,” said Webb speaking to BT Sport after the game.”What is it about Marouane Fellaini that he can’t play without throwing his arms into people’s faces?”
“We know what Fellaini is all about, we’ve seen it all through his career, but he seems to be getting worse and worse.”
Fellaini was booked in the 50th minute when his elbow connected with the head of Lovren.
Webb singled out that clash as proof of Fellaini’s unnecessary aggression, arguing that the Belgian clenched his fist before deliberately swinging his arm into the side of Lovren’s face.
Fellaini was lucky to escape a ban after a similar incident with Can in the first leg at Anfield a week ago.
Webb believes the midfielder should have been given a retrospective punishment by UEFA after that game and is baffled as to how the officials failed to dismiss Fellaini at some point over the two matches.
The former Premier League referee added: “He gets away with it week in week out.
“Physicality is one thing, but to continually throw your arms into people’s faces? I think people are getting fed up with it.”
Fellaini’s actions did not have a defining impact on the result with Liverpool winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate and booking their place in the quarter-finals.
United must now travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to contest the local derby with rivals Manchester City.
In other United news, Paul Scholes slams Louis Van Gaal for forcing Danny Welbeck to leave the club.