Manchester United fans are already heaving a sigh of relief as reports in the British media have surfaced like wildfire that Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be on his way out of Old Trafford, come January, when the transfer window opens for a month. His destination: fellow Premier League outfit West Ham.
The 29-year-old lanky footballer is not really admired by majority of the Red Devils fans as some consider him as a needless luggage, while many have even questioned Jose Mourinho's continuous reliance on Fellaini.
Recently, Fellaini attracted the wrath of several Man Utd fans after he was brought on late during the PL match against Everton last Sunday and he was the reason the home team couldn't get to pick up a vital win. The lanky midfielder mistimed his tackle inside the box and fouled Everton's Idrissa Gueye, resulting in a penalty for the home side. As expected, Leighton Baines converted from the spot, and both sides shared spoils at the Goodison Park.
Mourinho did defend his decision to bring on Fellaini, post-match, by stating: "When you have on the bench a player with two metres [in height] you play the player in front of the defensive line to help the team to win the match.''
United signed Fellaini for £27million from Everton in September 2013 and it remains to be seen whether the Hammers, who are battling relegation already from the Premier League this season with just three wins from 14 games so far, are ready to trigger the release clause of the midfielder.
Here are some of the stats on Fellaini, as compiled by ESPN:
Man Utd 1-1 West Ham: PL match on November 27
Fellaini was brought on in the match at the 85th minute in place of Jesse Lingard. Ten minutes of football is what the Belgian midfielder got and he completed just one pass, won no headers, won no tackles and made no interceptions.
Man Utd 0-0 Burnley: PL match on October 29
Fellaini played more than 20 minutes in the match after coming on as a substitute for Juan Mata. He completed 10 passes (five in the attacking third), won one header and made no tackles or interceptions.
This is what Manchester United fans on Twitter have been saying
Scholes: "Van Gaal & Jośe keep picking Fellaini. He can't pass, can't dribble & can't shoot. He's slower than a tortoise going backwards."— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) December 6, 2016
Meanwhile in the United dressing room— Lisa Johnson (@girlmanutd) December 5, 2016
Fellaini: Sorry, boss. I should have kept my legs together.
Mourinho: No, your mum should have.