1) Can't run
2) Can't tackle without fouling
3) Can't close down opposition
4) Can't read the game enough to make himself available for passes
Call me old-fashioned if you will, but I thought the above were pre-requisites at even a modest level of the game.
Fellaini drifts around and occasionally gets caught up in play, where he is not quick enough or not interested enough to extend himself in any way either to cut off intended passes or to win the ball. His fouling has come about when much faster opposition feel that he's a weak link in midfield and feel confident enough to take him on.
I don't think he was missed at all against Villa and would be exceedingly unhappy were others to lose their place because of his return. I know Moyes has to justify the 15mill, but shit, I'd be overjoyed if Fellaini played like he was worth 1/4 of that! So far he hasn't shown that he even has the willingness to try. My Nana could do better - oh sorry my Nana's a left back!
Edited by Oztoffee, 18 Feb 2009 - 04:43.