Few players are more unpopular among Manchester United fans than Marouane Fellaini right now.
The Belgian’s unforgivable mistake against Everton cost the Red Devils an absolutely vital two points, and only Jose Mourinho is willing to defend him.
Of course, only Mourinho’s opinion actually matters, as it will be the United manager who decides the midfielder’s future.
It seems Fellaini is still in his plans – remarkably, as this wasn’t his first clumsy slip-up – but Mourinho may want to take the heat off him nonetheless.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are considering a loan move for the hapless centre-mid, but that’s as far as it will go.
United will not sell just yet, but as he’s struggling to nail down a regular place, he could be allowed to leave so that Michael Carrick can be utilised more effectively for the rest of the current season.
A huge contingent of fans would like to see Fellaini shipped out altogether, but he seems to have some sort of unnatural hold over someone high up at United.
Otherwise, it’s difficult to explain how he’s now in his third year, and under his third manager, at the club, though it’s equally hard to envisage what he’s going to offer struggling West Ham, who can barely afford to put a foot wrong.