Marouane Fellaini has had a tumultuous time since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer. From his first second as a Manchester United player, he was bound to fail. David Moyes and Ed Woodward bought him in an absolute panic buy, not to mention that they over paid after his buyout clause expired. His best position at Everton was in the hole behind the striker, one of the only roles that United seemed to have covered pretty well this past season, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, and eventually Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata. In the minds of United fans, he is associated with David Moyes and one of the worst seasons in recent history. He never really looked like his Everton self at any point during the season and was treated by the fans like Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young, like the players they wanted to leave.
It hasn’t been all negatives, however. At a few points during the season, he looked like a solid holding midfielder. Against West Ham and in parts of the Bayern Munich games, he didn’t look half bad. I believe United and Louis Van Gaal should give him another year, to see really how good he is. Almost everyone had a poor season under David Moyes and shouldn’t really be judged based solely on this past season. I believe Fellaini should be given another year to really see if he belongs at the Theatre of Dreams.
I predict Fellaini will have a pretty good World Cup with Belgium. After an awkward season with Manchester United, he will return to more familiar territory with Belgium and will likely play alongside players he’s played with for a long time and under a manager that knows his true qualities and playing style. A good World Cup can boost any player into a stellar season as we have seen over the years, and in Fellaini’s case, it may be no different.
The next United manager will unquestionably be bringing in talent in the offseason and one of United’s weakest position right now is probably center midfield. Toni Kroos, Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas, Arturo Vidal, and William Carvalho are all being linked to United and my guess would be that they sign at least two of these midfielders. This will bring in competition for Fellaini, because as bad as he was last season, he basically walked into almost every single United team. This will force Fellaini to improve his playing level or risk riding the bench which is a threat that will make any player play to his utmost potential. Not only that, but he will give the incoming players competition to raise their playing levels to the quality that we have come to expect from United squads year in year out.
Even though Fellaini’s terrible season is still in the recent memory of all the United supporters, the management should attempt to put that aside and allow him to remain at the club for another season, assuming he wants to stay and no ridiculous offer comes in for him. With the added competition, a new manager to impress, critics to prove wrong, and a good World Cup under his belt, I predict Fellaini will have a good season and will challenge for the starting eleven every week.
By Moaz Hamza
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