Worrying stats show why Manchester United will badly miss Marouane Fellaini

Hope Soto
October 11, 2017

Mourinho struggled to hide his irritation with Belgium last month when midfielder Marouane Fellaini played against Greece despite picking up a calf problem before the game and subsequently missed United's 2-2 draw at Stoke, a game the Portuguese described as a "match for Fellaini". "He has gone back to Manchester United", Martinez said, as quoted on Sky Sports. Fellaini has scored four goals for United this season, including two in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last game before the global break.

"Romelu Lukaku is fit", said the former Everton manager.

Now he has returned, United's medical staff will ascertain the extent of the damage and how long he will be sidelined.

Mourinho's team face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in a lunchtime kickoff before a Champions League trip to Benfica on Wednesday.

Martinez defended the questionable pitch in Sarajevo, saying: "It was a very unfortunate injury for Marouane Fellaini".

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It had been feared that Fellaini had suffered a serious ligament problem, but the Belgian FA confirmed on social media over the weekend that the midfielder had simply strained his medial collateral ligament.

Premier League rivals, United and Liverpool square up on Saturday with the Old Trafford outfit seven points ahead of their opponents who are down in seventh position and seeking a win at Anfield.

There is an uncertainity surrounding Michael Carrick too which means the club will be with only Ander Hererra and Nemanja Matic in midfield.

Fellaini has become a key man in Mourinho's plans this season, and in particularly since an injury to fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, and United could ill afford a lengthy absence for him.

Chris Smalling has played alongside some top talent during his time at Manchester United, and has now attempted to piece together a dream XI of Red Devils team-mates.

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