Marouane Fellaini's performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg was widely panned, but Pep Guardiola may just be glad he is not likely to feature in the return.
The Belgian missed training yesterday and it is reported by ESPN that he was not scheduled to travel to Munich fr the second leg.
It's reported by BILD that the central midfielder was one of four players singled out by Pep Guardiola as particular threats from set pieces, something he was so concerned about, he ordered his defenders into a special training session.
He is claimed to have said that a quartet of United stars have the beating of his defenders in the air, commenting: "We can not block these players in four against four. We need to outnumber!"
The paper report that Guardiola was referring to Vidic, Ferdinand, Welbeck and Fellaini.
Vidic scored United's first leg goal from a corner from a set piece, but Fellaini won just one of seven aerial duels he contested against the Germans in an all-round disappointing showing.
The midfielder has proved against United in the past for Everton what a threat he can be in the air, but he just simply has not shown it in his debut season, still to register his first goal for the club.
His absence in one way therefore is a let off seeing as his presence is one which concerns Pep Guardiola, who knows if Bayern control possession then just like the first leg, set pieces will present Manchester United's best chance of scoring.