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Marouane Fellaini to stay at Manchester United

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Romelu Lukaku could miss the FA Cup final. That statement is brought from the fact that Jose Mourinho said that he didn’t know if he’d be able to feature against Chelsea. There’s no indication one way or another whether the injury was serious, and the game against Arsenal wasn’t too brutal. There’s no reason to get too concerned yet, as it was obviously too soon to know how severe Lukaku’s injury was yesterday, and we’ll probably find out in the next day or two.

Some rare praise from Arsene Wenger for United came yesterday, as he said that Alex Ferguson giving him a trophy on the pitch, was a classy gesture. He received a decent welcome from most of the fans at Old Trafford as he walked onto the pitch before the game, and even Mourinho gave some kind words before the match began. Wenger is, by footballing standards, a decent man, it’s just a shame that a lot of those qualities became mainly apparent when his effectiveness as a manager had drastically receded.

There is hope, of a subjective sort, regarding Marouane Fellaini’s Manchester United future. If you want an improved squad, you should be disappointed, and if you like having a gangly big man up top, you can cheer up. It seems that Fellaini is now likely to stay at the club, with Mourinho much more confident after the match about getting him to stay.

It is nice to see that Granit Xhaka is being recognised as a complete clown on the pitch, after another reckless challenge, this time on Paul Pogba. An earlier challenge saw him stand heavily on Alexis Sanchez’s foot in the game, and he also should have got a second yellow for a deliberate handball in the first half. He was saved by a refereeing mistake.