Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was certainly up for his side’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday, but was perhaps over-zealous in this incident.
Lucas Leiva was upset with the Belgian’s initial challenge in particular as it appeared as though he went in studs up. While that could have been enough to land Fellaini in hot water, his shove on James Milner prior to the tackle could also have seen him dismissed.
Not content with that, the former Everton star then squared up with Lucas and threatened to lead with his head as things looked set to boil over.
Nevertheless, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Kolo Toure arrived on the scene to calm things down, with Fellaini escaping any further punishment. However, he was unable to avoid a caution in the second half as another foul earned him a yellow card from Mark Clattenburg with 15 minutes remaining.
Both sides have struggled to find a clinical edge in the final third despite some impressive build-up play at times, and it wasn’t until the 78th minute that Rooney was able to finally find a breakthrough.
Liverpool would have been hoping to build on their 3-3 draw with Arsenal in midweek, while United played out their own six-goal thrilling in a draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday.