Earlier this week, Manchester United finally announced that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract at the club; despite the fact that the majority of fans weren’t happy.
The 30-year-old’s future had been up in the air for a few months, but now, his future is sealed. Fellaini will stay here for the next two-years, although he’s always been referred to as being not your typical Manchester United player.
Personally, I’ve never had any issue with him, so long as he isn’t starting week-in-week-out. As a plan B, there are certainly worse options out there. He scores goals, creates havoc and is a real physical presence. What’s the issue?
That’s a view echoed by former Red Gary Neville. The player-turned-pundit alludes to the pressure that’s always been on Fellaini’s shoulders, while admitting that he’s satisfied with him sticking around.
“I don’t think it makes a huge difference either way because he’s not the final piece of the jigsaw that gets United back to winning the Premier League title,” he told Sky Sports, per ESPN. “There’s always a lot of exposure on Fellaini — people saying ‘he’s not a United midfielder’ — but the reality is he does contribute in the season and you need all different types in the dressing room.
“If United need to go long, he’s someone who can do it. If I was sat here as a United fan thinking he was the number one midfielder player I wouldn’t be happy.
“But if I was thinking he’s part of a midfield pool of four or five players then I would be satisfied with that.”
Honestly, I feel Fellaini gets a lot of unfair stick. He does a job. Nothing more, nothing less. Mourinho loves him, and earning the self-proclaimed Special One’s trust is no easy task.
I guess the best part about this deal is the fact that the saga is finally over. Honestly, I was getting rather bored will the whole affair, and now at least everyone knows where they stand.