Manchester United’s first team squad are said to be furious with the treatment of Marouane Fellaini by fans at Old Trafford, with many of them taking to booing the Belgian on Sunday after he conceded a late penalty against Everton the week before. Fellaini was booed during his warm up and when coming on as a substitute, which has upset a number of stars say the Manchester Evening News.
The Belgian may be nearing the end of his United career given recent speculation linking him with West Ham, but manager Jose Mourinho has defended him publicly and went as far as to dedicate Sunday’s win over Tottenham to the midfielder.
The draw of the first knock out round of the Europa League was also made yesterday, pitting Manchester United up against French side Saint Etienne, with Jose Mourinho saying:
“The good thing is the travel. We were very unlucky in the group stage, now we go to France. Paul will be laughing [about playing his brother], and for sure his brother will also be laughing. I think it’s nice, it’s happened in the history of football a few times.”
Paul’s brother Florentin is a central defender for the French side, who currently sit in eighth position in Ligue Une having topped Europa League group C.
The Daily Mail claim that West Brom are now also considering a move for Morgan Schneiderlin, but could opt for Everton man James McCarthy instead, which would then force the Toffees into making a bid for the United Frenchman.
Schneiderlin has been sidelined by Mourinho, playing just 11 minutes of Premier League action across three appearances this season, and is expected to leave in January with the club hoping to recoup the £20 million fee that they paid for him two years ago to sign him from Southampton.
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