In all my years supporting Manchester United, I’ve never discussed a player who the home fans seem to dislike more than Marouane Fellaini. The much-maligned Belgian hasn’t been a favourite of the Old Trafford crowd ever since his arrival – and I don’t really get why.
The 29-year-old always gives his all every single time he takes to the field, and there has been plenty of occasions where Fellaini has come up trumps for us in key games. That didn’t stop whispers linking him with a move away from the Theatre of Dreams during the transfer window, though.
Obviously, he is still here and playing a bit-part role within the squad. You have to say that his performance levels have certainly been pretty good this season(putting that poor penalty foul against Everton aside).
Fellaini was asked about the potential thought of leaving Manchester United for China, and he responded:
“But I am honest, if I am going to China, it is finished for me the national team. The first thing I do is call the coach to tell him that I stop.” The Belgian told Telefoot/Sport Magazine, as per Sky Sports News.
Then he was asked about his new boss, Jose Mourinho.
“He could have killed me, but, no, he defended me, he protected me,” Fellaini added.
“I will never forget.”
First of all, he seems to have a very good relationship with his manager which is obviously massively important. Fellaini is a player is of a rare ilk. He can use his weight and physicality to impose his dominance on matches, and sometimes that is key.
It seems clear that he has no intention of walking away from Manchester United just like that, because not only will it mean moving to a lesser club, he’ll also be calling time on his international career – which is obviously hugely important to him.