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4 Moments to Forget for Manchester United Flop Marouane Fellaini

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

4 Moments to Forget for Manchester United Flop Marouane Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini left Everton last summer as their top scorer and one of their most important players. It was a no-brainer for him to follow manager David Moyes to Manchester United, though.

    "I was so happy to join United," Fellaini told reporters at his first news conference, according to Charles Perrin in the Express. "I came here to win trophies. For me it's a dream to join the biggest club in the world."

    However, Fellaini saw his former club finish two places above his new club in the 2013-14 season.

    The closest United came to winning a trophy was playing in the League Cup semi-final, where they were beaten by Sunderland on penalties.

    Fellaini is now representing his country in the World Cup and has played every minute since coming on as a substitute to score in Belgium's first game.

    However, Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Louis van Gaal has no interest in giving Fellaini a second season at United.

    If Fellaini is set to leave this summer, what have been some of his worst moments at the club? 

Wrist Injury

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    Having only signed for United a month earlier, Fellaini picked up a wrist injury at the beginning of October. There had been rumours that he needed surgery on it, but he managed to soldier through the next few months with a bandage. 

    However, after the first week in December, it was confirmed that Fellaini would be out for several months.

    The midfielder had undergone surgery on his wrist while waiting for a back injury to heal.

    David Moyes confirmed the surgery, which was reported by Sky Sports:

    He had his operation on Saturday morning. 

    We just couldn't get him recovered from his back. We thought it would be okay after 10 days but it wasn't getting any better so we made a quick decision to get the wrist done. 

    We think it will be six weeks, but there is a chance it could be shorter than that. 

    His back problem is going to take time. That is a muscle injury which wasn't healing.

    In the end, Fellaini was out for eight weeks. 

Red Card

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    In the final minute of United's group-stage 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad in the Champions League, Fellaini was sent off for a second yellow card.

    In the first half, he received a fairly harsh booking for a challenge on Markel Bergara, but he earned his red card for a foul on David Zurutuza.

    Thankfully for Fellaini, this wasn't as bad as it might have been. United were still top of the group and not in desperate need of a win.

    However, with fans growing impatient with his below-par performances, the last thing he needed to do was pick up a silly red card. 

Facing His Former Club

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    "Stuck with Moyes, stuck with Moyes, Man United!" the Everton fans gleefully sung when they visited Old Trafford last December.

    It was the first time the fans faced the manager who had saved their club from relegation and guided them further and further up the table.

    Fellaini was arguably the worst player on the pitch, which was a great source of entertainment for the travelling Everton supporters.

    Mike Keegan summed up Fellaini's performance in the Manchester Evening News: "Every touch booed and wasteful in possession. Could easily have seen red for nasty studs-up challenge on McCarthy."

    United finished the day in ninth position in the Premier League table. 

Bayern Munich

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    Fellaini's worst performance in a United shirt almost certainly came in the Champions League game against Bayern Munich, with fans even laughing at how inept he was at times.

    Despite his height advantage, he was losing out on headers to players much shorter than him.

    At one stage in the game, he even managed to run the ball out of play, having sprinted from one side of the pitch to the other and lost control of it.

    Chris Bascombe summed up Fellaini's performance in The Telegraph and gave him a rating of four out of 10:

    At times he resembled an overgrown poodle sent on to aimlessly scurry after the ball. He was even less elegant when he got near it. When he lost an aerial challenge with Philip Lahm, any patience left in the home crowd had worn. 

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