This is what £27 million gets you. Marouane 'Tatmala' Fellaini. BOSH! pic.twitter.com/VXDY2zNu0l— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) marzo 25, 2014
Manchester United’s £27.5m summer signing Marouane Fellaini is prone to the odd hairy moment, and his elbow in yesterday’s derby clash against Manchester City was no different.
The 26-year-old was a surprise starter for the encounter, especially considering his poor performance during Manchester United’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City when the two sides met at the Etihad stadium earlier in the season.
The game couldn’t have started any worse for the hosts, as they found themselves 1-0 down to an Eden Dzeko goal within the first minute.
The next 25 minutes was error-strewn from Manchester United, and they were fortunate that David de Gea was alert enough to deny Dzeko another first-half goal with a fine stop.
Fellaini and his midfielder partners – Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly – were struggling to deal with Manchester City’s pace, and just after the half-hour mark, the Belgian international’s frustrations boiled over. He picked up the ball in the Manchester United half, and with Zabaleta closing him down, Fellaini inexplicably flattened the Argentine defender with an elbow to the face – resulting in referee Michael Oliver issuing a rather lenient yellow card.
Moments after Manchester City’s 3-0 victory, Manchester United manager David Moyes told Sky Sports that he initially thought the challenge wasn’t even a foul. Some players, however, have been sent off for less this season.
Did Fellaini’s elbow deserve more than the yellow card ?