Marouane Fellaini has become a scapegoat at Man Utd and must be sold this summer

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When Marouane Fellaini was substituted in the 76th minute against West Ham in the FA Cup on Sunday, he was treated to resounding cheers and an unfamiliar applause by the Manchester United crowd.

Except it wasn't to show appreciation for his efforts, but joy to see the Belgian leaving the pitch after another poor performance.

The towering midfielder has endured a nightmare spell at Old Trafford since joining in 2013, often regarded as a poster boy for David Moyes' disastrous tenure as manager.


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Despite showing signs of resurgence towards the latter stages of last season, Fellaini has once again flattered to decieve this time around.

The Belgian was particularly woeful against the Hammers, summarised by the tweet below.

Much to fans' frustrations, though, Louis van Gaal continues to defend Fellaini: "I think Fellaini played a good match again. He performed well in our gameplan."

However, this is hardly surprising given the Belgium international epitomises all that is wrong with his manager's approach to games: slow, exhausting build up with a poor end product.

Much has been made of United's sloppy and uninspiring gameplay this season and Fellaini symbolises just that. With him in the side, the Red Devils have abandoned their former philosophy of fast, exciting football for a more direct approach.

His tendency to throw stray elbows at opponents and start fights also serve to portray his negative presence at the Theatre of Dreams.

The growing opinion amongst fans is that Fellaini is deadwood and lacks the quality to cut it at a big club such as United - and they're absolutely right.

Whilst they'll receive nothing close to the £27.5 million paid to sign him, the Red Devils must part ways with the 28-year-old at the end of the season.

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