Today reports surfacing in the Express claim that Marouane Fellaini is set to be sold by the club this summer, after not even a year at Old Trafford. It is believed he will be offered to clubs for £15 million, which is a massive £12 million less than what was paid by David Moyes last summer for the 6ft 4in Belgian.
A season yielding just 16 appearances and no goals, a wrist injury that kept him out for 3 months and his usual disciplinary issues, it would appear that Louis van Gaal feels the Midfielder will not fit into his plans as he takes the club forward into the 2014/15 season and beyond. Contrasting styles between Moyes and van Gaal would not suit Fellaini, as van Gaal prefers to play football on the ground, and Marouane has shown nothing of a talent for being able to do this whilst at United.
More was certainly expected when he was signed, having bullied our defence against Everton the season before, and certainly after proving himself to be a vital part of their squad what was on show last term was not expected at all. Even when fit, Fellaini consistently struggled to not only get named in the starting eleven, but also to get a place in the squad, as even his former manager started to lose faith in his abilities.
It would appear that senior officials have gotten to the point of realising that they did in fact, purchase far less than the money shelled out suggested, and are now looking to cut their losses before the problem becomes worse. Though where top clubs were sniffing around (Real Madrid and the sort), it appears his lack of ability to adapt at the highest level of English football could serve to be both his and Uniteds’ downfall, as it is believed that even £15 million would be a struggle, and that £10 million would in fact be a much more appealing figure for teams to pay.
Reflecting on his time at United, it is no surprise a manager other than Moyes would have no faith in the Afro from Belgium, and where it can be argued that it did take time to settle at Everton, he has been playing in England now for a number of years, and when looking at the likes of Louis Saha (who came from Fulham), the excuse of ‘stepping up a level and finding it difficult’ doesn’t rub, and even giving him away seems appealing to us as fans. However much he goes for, or wherever he goes, I firmly believe it will not be looked back upon in anger by the United faithful.
By Matt Henderson
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