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Manchester United legend slams “idiotic” contribution from under-fire midfield ace

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was far from impressed with Marouane Fellaini’s appearance in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.

The Belgian international was introduced with just minutes remaining in the game to offer Jose Mourinho’s side a bit more defensive protection as they looked to hold on to their slender lead.

Instead, he managed to find time to foul Idrissa Gueye in the box and concede a penalty just after coming on, with Leighton Baines stepping up and smashing home an equaliser for the hosts to earn them a point.

While Neville understood the decision, and therefore cleared Mourinho of any blame for bringing Fellaini on, the United legend wasn’t so forgiving when it came to the midfielder.

“When he goes on to do an idiotic thing like that it’s just really poor,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He’s such an experienced player, he’s played here before, he knows the ground and the crowd, it’s a poor individual moment.

“It’s no reflection on the manager, he has made the substitution for the right reasons and he has been let down by his player.”

It was a third consecutive 1-1 draw for United in the league, with their last win coming against Swansea City on November 6.

In turn, that now leaves them nine points adrift of the top four in sixth place, and while Fellaini may well deserve the blame for the team dropping two points on Sunday, it is just a smaller issue in a bigger problem for Mourinho to sort out as United continue to underperform and fail to pick up wins.

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