Marouane Fellaini’s popularity amongst the Manchester United supporters is at its lowest level for some time.
In fact, after his disastrous cameo against Everton on Sunday, it’s fair to assume that few - if any - United fans would be disappointed if the Belgian midfielder was offloaded in January.
Fellaini was sent on by Jose Mourinho as an 85th-minute substitute for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Several minutes later he conceded a penalty and cost United two precious points.
The 29-year-old has struggled to endear himself to the club’s supporters ever since arriving at Old Trafford from Goodison Park in the summer of 2013, but David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Mourinho have all used him regularly.
Indeed, his brief appearance against the Toffees at the weekend was his 100th for the club.
West Ham want to sign him
There’s a chance, however, that it might have been his last.
It’s emerged, per the Telegraph, that West Ham will attempt to sign Fellaini when the transfer window re-opens next month.
The Hammers, who are at serious risk of being dragged into relegation dogfight during the second half of the season unless their form improves quickly, understand Mourinho might be willing to allow the player to leave Old Trafford in the new year.
Piers Morgan would have signed him for Arsenal in 2012
But will Arsenal be tempted to enter the race for Fellaini’s signature?
If Piers Morgan was in charge of the Gunners’ transfer activity, the Belgium international would already be plying his trade at the Emirates Stadium, you suspect.
Why? Because back in November 2012, after Fellaini’s equaliser against Arsenal earned Everton a Premier League point at Goodison Park, Piers tweeted the following…
“Fellaini is a world class player. Wish we had him. #Arsenal”.
Be careful what you wish for, Piers.
Fellaini obviously isn't world class
Fellaini has been called a lot of things since joining United three-and-a-half years ago, but ‘world class’ isn’t one of them.
Unlike the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Fellaini isn’t blessed with incredible technique.
He’s not fast, either. His passing isn’t great. He’s possibly the clumsiest player in the Premier League.
What he is good at - as he demonstrated at Everton - is playing the role of a human battering ram, causing chaos inside the opponents’ penalty area.
He’ll get you the odd goal and he’s a nightmare to mark from set-pieces.
He’s not a Manchester United player, though, and he’s certain not an Arsenal player.
We suspect Piers may now have a very different opinion about the midfielder.