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They didn't have to be today and we were still trash
Yep, he's the sort of 'weapon' we really shouldn't be looking to, and I hope he leaves.
How do you know what would have happened if we'd given Hazard et al. free reign to get at Smalling and Jones whenever they pleased?
It's an indictment on Mourinho that the only way he knows how to get the team to create chances is by doing crosses or long balls into Fellaini and Lukaku. It's a wonder how Liverpool and City manage to be 2 of the most exciting teams in Europe and have basically no tall players in their midfield or attack.
Cheslea sat back most of the game, Herrera was on Hazard meaning the attacking lot Pogba Rashford Lingard Sanchez had license to attack, then second half Matic and Herrera were given more license to get forward.
We were not good enough in attack, and it cannot be blamed on the defence, we have no attacking plan apart from putting in aimless crosses
Mourinho blaming the result on not having a Lukaku/Fellaini presence did it for me. hoofball is the only way we can play it seems.
I really don't have an issue with the guy being at United if he was a third choice midfielder or someone you bring in late when you are trailing, but Jose's love for him is making me hate fellaini.
He really needs to leave or we are going to be the next Liverpool who used to blow hot and cold with mid level quality.
Sadly we did!
If José is going to be here for the whole of next season I'd rather we keep him, and I'm someone who wanted Moyes out the moment it became apparent we were actually interested in him. The only time we look like we have a clue is when he's on the field as damning as that is.
If it means more hoofing hopeful balls forward, they can both go. We have to develop as a team.
Because our attack had to work hard to keep them from fulfilling their attacking potential. If we had let Fabregas get his head up at every opportunity and pass into oceans of space for Bakayoko, Hazard and Giroud, let Alonso and Moses burst forward every other minute like they were last season then they'd have stuffed us out of sight.
Note the more our attack was given creative license as the game wore on, so did too Chelsea's threat.
Mourinho is one step away from taking a boombox to his window.
I'm not sure how we play against any half decent side then, of course you don't give quality players space to hurt you. No club does, still that doiesn't mean attacking players are relieved of their attacking duty.
Have you seen much of how Pep sets up his side, or even Klopp, all the attacking players have some responsibility to the defensive structure of the side via their positioning and pressing. Its absolutely no excuse for not being able to attack, it is just poor tactical setup and not enough focus on attacking and too much focus on worrying about the opposition.
fecking hell, even today he managed to send out a love message to him, pathetic.
Would have been useful late on today.
It’s very funny. He didn’t play 1 second tonight and is almost the player the most talked tonight. Are there other players who were such controversial in the RC in the past? I’m a big fan. If you add his defensive work and his offensive threat, that wat JM call “presence”.
And where are Liverpool in the league? What's Klopp's record in finals?
As for Pep, are you certain we have an attacking rosta to equal: Aguero/Gabriel/Sane/Silva/De Bruyne/Silva/Sterling? Nor did his genuis pan out quite so well last season when his defence was more like ours.
Defensive work? Matic and Ander did more of that than Fellaini does. That wasnt the problem. Going towards the opponent's goal was the problem
I am getting the feeling that Fellaini's regressed post his injury (though he didn't play this game obviously, just my gut feeling after Jose's post-match love-in). He wasn't ever world class, but he did have enough in him to score a goal or perform well in crunch situations. But he's now 30, and recovery times from injuries naturally would take longer and have a toll. Doubt he will be as good as he ever could be again, in fact, he might really have become as useless as his detractors believe he always has been.
Better to cut our losses, sell him and get someone better. Jose's stubborn though, its' literally in Fellaini's hands whether he leaves or not.
Hopefully this sad chapter (for both club and player) has now come to an end.
RedCafe is tiring sometimes. Manager says that height and power is useful against a compact defence, said tall player is vilified.
Such a weird, weird hatred for the guy. Football is fickle!
Liverpool didnt have the players. However they are in a UCL final now and look like they will be strong next season
Seriously can’t believe we’ve supposedly now offered him 3 contracts and he’s refused them all. Sounds like he wants to go. It just seems so weird that a player of Fellaini’s level would break up with us when it seems evident we really want to keep him or should I say management want to keep him.
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Another development with this guy seemingly pretty on top of the whole Fellaini saga.
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Good. feck off Fellaini.
Gave his all for the team. Wish him well in his new club.
"The Battle for Fellaini"
Milan state his wage demands are too high...
Does anyone remember his shinagians in 2012 when he just wrecked us in that 4-4 game and that game sort of destroyed our title hopes. There were other games but that just seems the catalyst. Have we all unkowlingly held a grudge against him for this hence why he was never really loved here, as well as the obvious. He was excellent that game. Set up Pienaar and I think he scored 2 as well did he not?
What an ungrateful fan you are. Shameful. I don’t understand how people can’t appreciate a player even if they think he doesn’t belong here/ has to leave.
I remember our fans booing him at a pre-season friendly a few years back. Always admired him for some of the shit he puts up with from so called 'fans'.
I second this
Regardless of what some fans think of Fellaini with a determination to defend him, his contract saga in the last few months has been ridiculous and he should be kicked out of the club ASAP.
“You sign him”
“No, you sign him”
Is he still with us? when does the contract expire, @Damien cant we have a countdown clock on the homepage, days, hours, mins
Does his contract end on May 31st or Jun 30th?
We need confirmation and a countdown clock
Why is Jose trying to keep a player that doesn't want to be kept?
Let me tell you what's going to happen here.
Fellaini realises that no club will pay him the money he thinks he warrants
He'll sign the deal we've put before him
United fans will have a meltdown to end all meltdowns
Complete nightmare scenario
Surely we have withdrawn the offer at this late stage?
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