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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini is now getting skinned by schoolboys

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When Manchester United fans sat and watched Ashley Young take up position as the sole striker against Tottenham on Sunday, plenty of them would have wondered why Louis van Gaal did not consider Marouane Fellaini instead.

Marcus Rashford was brought off at half-time and, like him or loathe him, Fellaini could have done a much better job of troubling the Spurs defence than Young did. Alas, he remained on the bench and watched on as his team-mates lost 3-0.

But perhaps Van Gaal was right to keep the towering Belgian away from the football pitch, especially after he struggled against a schoolboy last week. Worst yet, he allowed it to be caught on camera and then published online!

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Fellaini was one of eight Manchester United players to take part in a training session with pupils from the Manchester Creative and Media Academy and was joined by Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Paddy McNair, Guillermo Varela, Adnan Januzaj and Sam Johnstone. So no good players, basically.

One young lad saw it as the perfect chance to show off some of his showboating repertoire and pulled off one trick perfectly to leave the Manchester United star stranded.

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Coming up against Fellaini's huge frame must be daunting for any youngster, but this one lad was calmness personified as he flicked the ball over Fellaini's head and controlled it on the other side.

It was an effective trick, but Fellaini may have also been guilty of lacking some effort.

Here's the video:

Baffled by criticism

We may laugh but behind the jokes is a man struggling to rekindle what once looked to be a very promising football career. He was the main man at Everton but has never looked anything close to that in three seasons at Old Trafford.

Now a bit-part player, Fellaini looks more than certain to leave in the near future and is likely to go down as a failure in the eyes of many. But Fellaini himself has been left baffled by the levels of criticism he has received since becoming a Red Devil.

He told Sport Magazine: "It’s difficult for my family because they read what people write and hear what’s said. But for me, it’s not hard because I’m a professional and I love my job. I do everything for my job.

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"It’s not all of the fans. I go out around Manchester. I go to dinner and to work and the supporters are always great towards me. I don’t know, maybe some, they don’t watch all the games?

"Sometimes I don’t understand it. But I have to deal with it. I have to get past it and do my job. If the manager puts me in the team, he knows why.

"This is the first time I have been through a time like this, but it’s also an important experience to have because it’s not every year you can have good times, you know?

"And the most important things are that I am happy, my health is good, my family is good and I enjoy playing football."

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