The game endured a rather subdued start – indeed, both sides seemed void of all creativity going forward as they went in at half-time without scoring. The Old Trafford outfit appeared to be struggling with their 3-5-2 formation, once again, whilst the West Londoners were trapped in an endless cycle of pumping the ball forward to Bobby Zamora.
But finally, the deadlock has been broken by a relatively unlikely source. Marouane Fellaini started the match on the bench but came on at half-time for a lackluster Juan Mata and has already had a huge impact, netting United’s first of the afternoon.
The Belgium international’s Red Devils career has often been shrouded in controversy, but if the score remains the same for the next half hour, he’ll be United’s hero of the afternoon. Here’s a look at the goal:
And the reaction on Social media:
Marouane Fellaini: Only Papiss Demba Cissé and Frank Lampard have scored more goals as a sub in the PL this season than Fellaini (2) #mufc
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 17, 2015
#MUFC switch to a 4-2-2-2 and score almost instantly. Fellaini, on for Mata at half time, does the business. 0-1.
— Jonathan Fadugba (@JFfutbol) January 17, 2015
— The Reds UNITED (@theredsunited) January 17, 2015
I remember when everyone hated Fellaini, all changes when you score a couple
— Chris Gibbons (@chrisgibbons10) January 17, 2015