I want to preface this by stating that I’ve never been the biggest Marouane Fellaini fan. However, the midfielder has gone from strength-to-strength at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.
Many criticised the club’s decision to hand the ex-Everton man a new long-term contract but I think it’s safe to say that was a move completely justified. In two starts this season, I think it’s fair to say that he was arguably Man of the Match in both of them…
He may not fit the mould of a typical Red Devil, but who cares? Times change, so do mantras and ideologies. As a plan b or back-up option, there are far worse players than Fellaini.
The 30-year-old has proven his versatile side, too. Not only can he be flung on and play as a second-striker to win headers and flick the balls onto the forward, he can only be deployed as a deeper midfielder due to his toughness in the tackle, physicality and aforementioned aerial prowess.
Trust and Mourinho go hand-in-hand. He needs to fully believe in you if you’re to start under his leadership. The Burnley game before the international break was the perfect time to give Fellaini his chance. He grasped that opportunity with both hands. It’d now be cruel to take his starting berth away from him.
What I love about Fellaini is the mindset. He’ll know the fans haven’t been fully behind him from time-to-time. It hasn’t bothered him nor has the Belgian moaned. Instead, he’s gone about his business as effectively as usual and he deserves immense credit for that.
Now us fans have a job to do. Let’s give Fellaini our full backing, it’s the least he deserves. The 30-year-old isn’t going anywhere, who knows just how good he could be if the supporters were 100% in his corner?