The Belgian midfielder has always been something of a love/hate figure amongst the United support, ever since his move from Everton back in 2013 under then manager David Moyes.
His physical and combative style isn’t exactly synonymous with United’s free-flowing, fast and attacking brand of football that’s traditionally played at Old Trafford, but he seems to have struck a chord with Jose Mourinho.
The Special One has went out of his way to praise and protect Fellaini at various times this season, and has handed him the skipper’s armband for today’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.
With Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and David de Gea all missing, Fellaini is apparently the most senior and most deserving player – but the reaction on social media hasn’t been very kind:
Fellaini is the captain for Manchester United today!
Retweet if you've managed to pick yourself up from falling out of your chair laughing!
— Pie Sports Booze ? (@piesportsbooze) April 9, 2017
Me seeing Fellaini captain and no DDG pic.twitter.com/eAt38C0ozK
— Amy Jones (@amybethjones) April 9, 2017
Top Man Utd banter moments..
– Jones on corners
– Young playing as a striker
– Herrera at RB
– Fellaini as captain
What a time to be alive
— @ManUtd_HQ ⚽️ (@ManUtd_HQ) April 9, 2017
Today, Mauroune Fellaini captains Manchester United. So, whatever you want to achieve in life, look at today, and remember it's possible.
— From The Stands (@FromTStands) April 9, 2017
— Devils Related (@Devils_Related) April 9, 2017
Fellaini captains Manchester United. More power to his elbow.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 9, 2017
Fellaini captain today. Might as well burn my house today.
— ㅤ (@VintageUtd) April 9, 2017
Fellaini being captain beats Rotterdam, Barcelona and Moscow hands down.
— Ste.A (@sarm0161) April 9, 2017
Mourinho making Fellaini Captain so that he can say "i'm selling you my Captain,i won't take less than 30 million"??
— Shaniya Mehra (@Shaaniyamehra) April 9, 2017
Fellaini captain of my great club. I want to die
— Elliott (@ElliottUnited) April 9, 2017
MAROUANE FELLAINI IS CAPTAINING MY CLUB TODAY. LMAO KILL ME
— Harper (@LukeJr_) April 9, 2017
Robson, Cantona, Keane and Rooney – and now big Marouane.
Is it really that bad? Is the decision really worthy of this reaction?