The recent Manchester derby was full of incident and endeavour, but one lasting memory from the game appears not to be City’s performance, but more Marouane Fellaini’s infamous elbow incident.
In a match dominated by Manuel Pellegrini’s men, one of the main talking points was Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini inexplicably elbowing Pablo Zabaleta.
It was a needless action, and one which only drew a yellow card which appears very fortuitous looking back.
The Belgian international midfielder has since claimed his innocence, suggesting that Pablo Zabaleta was unfortunate to run into his elbow.
Argentine international fullback Zabaleta, however, sees things differently. The 29-year-old former Espanyol man believes it was deliberate, and has branded Fellaini’s excuse as laughable.
“He said that I ran into his elbow but that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Zabaleta said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I know I’m not the tallest player in the league but he left the ball and tried to elbow me. He should have been sent off for that, 100 per cent.”
Despite Manchester United remaining with 11 men, the visitors still controlled the game and ran out in the end comfortable 3-0 winners.
Pablo Zabaleta and his teammates are due to face Liverpool the following weekend at Anfield in a game which could ultimately decide the destination of this season’s Premier League crown.