Manchester United linked forward Joao Felix has been heavily criticised in Spain after his latest display for Atletico Madrid.

What happened?

Poor performances, all players have them from time to time. But for Joao Felix, the timing of this particular display was the last thing he needed.

Felix was selected up front with Antoine Griezmann for Atletico Madrid against Barcelona last night, and could not stop them slumping to a 1-0 defeat, with Ousmane Dembele scoring the winner.

The Portuguese forward played 73 minutes, attempting just one shot at goal from outside the box, which missed the target.

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Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander
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What was said?

Spanish newspaper Marca tore into Felix, asking who would want to buy him after his drab performance.

The paper wrote: “If Barcelona presented itself as the best showcase to attract United or Arsenal… long live the Portuguese at Atlético!”

The report added that there were hardly any signs of Felix on the pitch, noting ‘his 73 minutes have only made the operation difficult for Jorge Mendes and Atlético’ to move him on.

The Mirror claimed at the weekend that Atletico want a combined £80 million for Felix, a £9.5 million loan fee and a £70.5 million commitment to buy in the summer, with Manchester United approached.

His performance against Barcelona did them no favours, with United already reluctant to pay up. In fact, his latest display could have blown his chances.

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