By Dave Marshall
Ahead of what promises to be a crucial month, Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow after images suggested that Belgian midfielder, Marouane Fellaini has gotten himself injured. The midfielder, who has earned praise lately for his performances after being reinstated back to the first team following the injury to Paul Pogba, is now doubtful for next Saturday’s clash away at Anfield to bitter rivals, Liverpool.
Fellaini got a knock to his left knee following a challenge by a Bosnian player in the 29th minute of the World Cup Qualifier against Bosnia and was replaced by Leander Dondocker. Fellaini has become a more useful asset going forward after the arrival of defensive midfield enforcer, Nemanja Matic. He scored twice in our last match, a 4-0 drubbing of seemingly doomed Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and had looked to be getting back to his old form that convinced the United hierarchy of shelling out £27m for his signature back in 2013.
The fans have raised levels of concerns over his potential absence and below are some of the best reactions to his injury.
Fellaini injures for 4-5 months at least. Could be out for the whole season. #MUFC
— ?HORLAMYDE_GIDI♬ (@Rasheed26683334) October 7, 2017
No Fellaini, No Pogba. Midfield starting to look bare ?
— ⚽ MUFC Derbyshire ⚽ (@MUFCEssex) October 7, 2017
This is where the wheels come off
Told you the MF wasn't strong enough #MUFChttps://t.co/gSoPlOzVHp
— When The Seagulls (@whentheseaguIIs) October 7, 2017
With Fellaini injured it's time to bring back Blind into the midfield. DM is exactly where Blind will fit in perfectly. @ManUtd #MUFC
— Ayman Ameen (@A_sleemy) October 7, 2017
Fellaini never left on crutches. To me that would indicate he's out weeks not months. Rumours Pogba back soon. Matic & Anders vs lfc. #MUFC
— Rather Be Golfing (@IShoutFore) October 7, 2017
Fellaini injured now ? fuck the international break
— Daniel (@daniel_mufc157) October 7, 2017
Fellaini is injured and Lukaku has a knock. FFS I hate the international break!! #MUFC
— IconicUnited (@Unitedly7) October 7, 2017
First, Paul Pogba. Now, it's Fellaini. It can't be any worse with Liverpool next week
— JERRY (@MaxPhlankMUFC) October 7, 2017
Looks as of fellaini has had ligament damage in a meaningless international game. What a joke #MUFC #baninternationals
— Gareth Coombes ?? (@Gareth15367177) October 7, 2017
Although the extent of his injury has not been ascertained, the discomfort that was etched on his face suggests that it was painful. He is a trusted lieutenant of manager, Jose Mourinho who has praised his work rate and willingness to put in the hard shift for the team. The likes of Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard have also eulogised his recent upturn in form, meaning that this injury may likely come at the wrong time for the frilly haired midfielder.
United are currently joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City and would be looking to get the better of what has been an inconsistent Liverpool team. Fellaini is a classy central midfielder known for his aerial threat, work rate, determination and occasional finishing. He joined United in 2013 and has since won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League in that time.