Marouane Fellaini's absence from the action at White Hart Lane yesterday told you everything you needed to know about his current standing under David Moyes at Manchester United.
Even as their midfield duo of Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones struggled to deal with the Spurs power trio of Sandro, Moussa Dembele and Paulinho, the big-haired Belgian remained on the bench throughout.
Considering Michael Carrick was unavailable, Ryan Giggs was being rested and Fellaini hadn't even played himself in midweek, it was quite the statement from Moyes not to give him even the shortest of run-outs.
This is, after all, not exactly a Manchester United midfield at the peak of their powers. Fellaini was the man who was meant to make the difference when he was deemed fit to be United's only reinforcement in the summer. Now he can't even get a game ahead of a defender out of position and a... well... a Tom Cleverley.
The Fellaini that United fans have seen so far has been a shell of the man that was tearing up trees at Goodison Park for the past couple of years. If it wasn't for the fact that he is completely recognisable, he would be totally unrecognisable.
He has been not been given a regular run, has failed to gel when played alongside Carrick and has been dropped after every underwhelming display, of which there have been a fair few. You could go as far to argue that the way he has been handled has been almost as poor as his level of performance.
At Everton he excelled in a No.10 role, but with Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney very, very far ahead of him in the pecking order in that position, it seemed as though defensive midfield was going to be the role he needed to make his own.
According to the Daily Mirror earlier in the season he even said so himself, "My best position is defensive midfield. During the last few years with David Moyes I played further forward and I scored some important goals, which is why he kept me there and I liked it because I was young and learning".
So if he can't get into the team in an attacking midfield sense or in a defensive midfield sense, where does that leave him? The way his deal was handled in the summer heavily implied that Moyes didn't even particularly want him, he was a desperate last-minute trolley dash of a signing.
With that all in mind then it is no real surprise that he looks so dejected at the moment. United are struggling, their midfield is probably the worst it's been in the Premier League era and he, their major (and only) summer signing, doesn't really seem wanted on the pitch.
Even with Manchester United's only recognised quality midfielder absent, he still can't get a game. It is no wonder he is struggling so badly.
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