Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused Marouane Fellaini of being “unbelievably stupid” after the Belgian was sent off in the Red Devils’ 0-0 draw with Hull City on Sunday.
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Fellaini was sent off for a horror tackle on Hull’s Paul McShane at the KC Stadium, and is set to miss the opening three matches of the 2015/16 Premier League season due to suspension.
The Belgian was sent off just 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute, leaving United boss Louis van Gaal enraged.
“I do think Fellaini doesn’t want to do that,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
“Because for him, it is unbelievably stupid because next season he starts in the tribune [the stand], and also in preparation, you start then more or less as a substitute.”
The game was halted as McShane was helped from the field following Fellaini’s brutal challenge.
“It is not so good for him personally but I don’t know if it is a red card,” Van Gaal continued.
“I cannot see that off the bench but when I see it takes seven minutes, I believe that the player was able to stand up, it shall be a worse tackle — I don’t know.”
Newcastle’s 2-0 win over West Ham saw Hull relegated from the Premier League, while United will play Champions League football next season with a fourth-placed finish.