Man United given boost as midfielder escapes UEFA ban before Liverpool clash

Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini will not be punished for his apparent elbow on Liverpool ace Emre Can during their Europa League clash last week, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Fellaini was facing retrospective action after footage emerged of what looked liked the midfielder swinging his arm on to the face of Can, who then went down during the first leg at Anfield.

But the incident was missed by the referee, which made the former Everton star sweat over the decision before the second leg at Old Trafford this Thursday.

However, Fellaini will escape all charges as match officials did not discuss the confrontation in their report, meaning that the 28-year-old will be available for selection against the Reds.

Can himself has also played down the incident, claiming that it was just a small fight and all part of the game.

“It was just a small fight. It was okay. It was not a boxing ring punch,” Can explained.

“Fellaini is a fair sportsman. He touched my throat with his elbow but it is okay.”

The Red Devils will need to turn around a two-goal deficit at home if they want to knock Liverpool out of the Europa League and reach the quarter-finals.