Manchester United could only manage a 3-3 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday.
The Magpies fought back to secure a 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Tuesday evening, and the Red Devils will rue even more dropped points.
Louis van Gaal’s men led 2-0, and then 3-2, but could not hold on to the lead with some disastrous defending.
One player took much of the blame for the result, showing little as a defensive or attacking presence.
Marouane Fellaini was deployed as a holding midfielder in the tie, and his biggest contributions were errors. He missed a glorious chance to take the score to 4-2 - and likely beyond Newcastle - and was often out of position as a defensive player.
It was another game in Fellaini’s poor season, and his lack of technical or tactical understanding begs the question as to why Van Gaal continues to select the towering Belgian - especially as a holding player.
Following the game, United fans took to Twitter to express their continual disappointment with Fellaini, after another below-par performance.
Fellaini was dreadful, Smalling was very poor. Lingard & Fellaini both bottled golden chances to kill the game at 2-1 & 3-2.— Lee (@lee20495) January 12, 2016
Ill say it now Marouane Fellaini is not a football player i dont know what he is but a footballer he is not dreadful player!!— Mahmud (@MahmudKullane) January 12, 2016
Now watch Fellaini start again vs Liverpool #dreadful— Man Utd News (@RooVanMataZaj) January 12, 2016
Herrera good, Rooney terrific, Fellaini dreadful.— Tom Jewitt (@MrJewittInSpace) January 12, 2016
Defended awful, Smalling was dreadful. Attacking a little better. How is Fellaini still playing for #MUFC— James Sloan (@jamessloanjnr) January 12, 2016
Can we please get rid of Fellaini now. That game was dreadful.— Patrick (@TheTimidDonut) January 12, 2016
Utterly dreadful miss from Fellaini. He's 2 yards out, free header with only the keeper to beat & he's 6ft whatever. What a clown.— Mary (@MarySeeYouEnTee) January 12, 2016
That's awful from Fellaini, has to go to the far corner there. He's been dreadful tonight! #MUFC— Matthew Southcombe (@MattSouth7) January 12, 2016
I really can't believe Fellaini plays in central midfield for Manchester United, absolutely dreadful— Craig Woods (@CraigWooder) January 12, 2016