A large number of Manchester United supporters have been left scratching their heads at the news that the club have triggered Marouane Fellaini’s option of a one-year contract extension.
The Mirror reports that the decision to keep the midfielder at Old Trafford until 2018 was made last month.
The 29-year-old is not regarded as a fan favourite, with many thinking that the Belgian international can be a liability on the pitch.
Evidence of that came last month when he gave away a late penalty against his former club Everton shortly after coming on as a substitute.
However, manager Jose Mourinho deems him good enough to be part of his squad, and the Portuguese coach demonstrated his admiration for Fellaini by hugging him on the touchline following his goal in United’s 2-0 win over Hull City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final earlier this week.
The midfielder is likely to only have a bit-part role as six of his 15 appearances in the Premier League this season have come off the substitutes bench.
Fellaini was brought to Old Trafford by David Moyes in a £27.5m deal from Everton in 2013, and even though he has largely failed to impress, he has had the backing of three managers – Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Mourinho.
Some fans are willing to give the midfielder a chance, but the majority are stunned that Fellaini has been allowed to extend his stay at the club.
— #IRL #World Cup (@vivelashamrogue) January 12, 2017
You need to explain Fellaini's new contract to us please. We are listening @ManUtd
— Uncle Choco (@TheLekan) January 12, 2017
Another 12 months of Fellaini? ???? pic.twitter.com/aso7YJsNxl
— Mark Höppner (@MarkHoeppner) January 12, 2017
So they extended Fellaini's contract by 1 year ????????
— OLADAYO (@dayo_abdul) January 12, 2017
Hard to understand what people's problem with Fellaini is. He isn't a starter. We know that. But if he scores 8/9 as a sub what's problem?
— hongo (@hongo_jr) January 12, 2017
Jose and Fellaini sitting in a tree…..
— Walsh (@Walesy1) January 12, 2017
Fellaini wrangling himself another contract at United. Fantastic ????????
— George Belcher (@GeorgeBelcher8) January 12, 2017
Ironically, some fans claim their "support" to the manager, but they don't support his decision on extending Fellaini's contract!
— Fred (@FredyTheRed) January 12, 2017
Fellaini just got a contract extension. There is no reason for you not to believe in a higher power.
— Dillan Oliphant (@dillanoliphant) January 12, 2017
Schweinsteiger can't get a game for United but Fellaini gets a contract extension?
— Alex (@Alex_H_1234) January 12, 2017
Why would #mufc would sell Schneiderlin & exile Basti, but extend Fellaini's contract. What does Jose see in him that millions of fans dont?
— Neil Hand (@neddy666) January 12, 2017
"Fellaini contract extended", u spelled 'terminated' wrong. This is an insult
— Katleho Mothae (@Stephen_Mothae) January 12, 2017
— Marc Seager (@Seags06) January 12, 2017
United triggered Fellaini's contract extension. Wow !
— F!n-Ţzu (@Temifinzy16) January 12, 2017