Louis van Gaal believes that Marouane Fellaini must “control himself better” following his three-match ban for clashing with Leicester City’s Robert Huth in Sunday’s 1-1 draw between the two sides at Old Trafford.
Huth was also banned after he pulled Fellaini’s hair, who in turn elbowed the defender and swung a hand in his face.
Fellaini will now miss United’s remaining three Premier League games, although he will be available for selection for the FA Cup final on May 21.
“We haven’t appealed because the reaction of Fellaini is like a human being,” van Gaal said.
“When the FA gives [Robert] Huth a suspension of three matches then they admit that it was a penalty and I have said this after the match. I still believe that Fellaini acted in the way of a human being, but he has to control himself better, that is true.”
Huth’s actions were poor but Fellaini’s response wasn’t warranted and he is deserving of the ban.
The Belgian has taken plenty of flak over the course of the campaign but he is a useful tool in certain situations and United will miss him. His absence in the upcoming league game against West Ham United, in particular, will be a blow as he was excellent in the same fixture in the FA Cup earlier this term.
Van Gaal is now left with Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin as his only out-and-out midfielders as Bastian Schweinsteiger is injured. Wayne Rooney has been impressing in the middle of the park recently but it is hardly an ideal situation as United look to end the season on a high note.