Stats show why Manchester United need to dispose of Marouane Fellaini

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With Manchester United languishing in sixth place in the Premier League after a string of dire performances, scapegoats are being regularly identified. 

With his unusual hair, physique and specialities as a footballer, Marouane Fellaini has always attracted significant criticism and with these stats, that seems set to continue.  

The Belgian midfielder started last night as United threw away the lead twice, to draw 3-3 with struggling Newcastle United with Fellaini knocked for another sub-par performance.


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Fellaini has flitted in and out of Louis van Gaal's side this year with injuries to fellow midfielders Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and in last night's case Bastian Schweinsteiger frequently forcing the manager's hand.

In the 11 league games where the Belgian has featured United have lost five, including recent losses to Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke - Fellaini has started each of these games.

In comparison, United are undefeated in the league when Fellaini hasn't featured either from the start or off the bench. 

Statistics can, of course, be misleading - during the defeat to Arsenal, Fellaini was introduced at half-time with the game already over at 3-0 - however, with Van Gaal reportedly open to offers for the midfielder, they do indicate the club may be better off without their £27.5 million signing.

Though the club's £24 million price tag, as reported by the Sunday Mirror, may be ambitious United are clearly increasingly keen to offload Fellaini as they aim to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League.

Not United quality

Manager Van Gaal has attracted serious criticism this season, due to United's lack of style and fluidity in their play and Fellaini looks set to fall victim to this.

Whereas United have previously boasted both technicians of the quality of Paul Scholes and leaders in the mould of Roy Keane and Bryan Robson, Fellaini doesn't fall into either of these categories.

The Belgian remains a liability in one of the deeper midfield positions and lacks the mobility to be a box-to-box enforcer. In his Everton days under David Moyes, Fellaini was treasured due to his hold up play but with United fans desperate to see matches with real tempo, Van Gaal cannot afford to play long-ball football. 

Getting rid of Fellaini will not solve United's problems - until last night captain Wayne Rooney has been woefully short of form whilst too much pressure has been exerted on the young shoulders of Anthony Martial - however, his departure is looking increasingly inevitable. 

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