Was Marouane Fellaini the biggest scapegoat of post-Sir Alex Ferguson era?

Sir Alex Ferguson finally called it a day in May 2013 leaving behind a squad that had just won the league title in a very stylish and convincing fashion. David Moyes was the chosen one to succeed him as the manager of the biggest and most talked-about club in the world, Manchester United.

It was always going to be a sea of change with everything because the club was used to one man running the show for twenty-six years! This sudden shift was going to affect all those involved and those who were going to be involved in this process (new signings) to continue the winning tradition of this famous club.

The 2013 summer transfer window was a very underwhelming one when the club courted players like Thiago, Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini but was only able to sign Fellaini on transfer deadline day.

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There were big expectations set for the new management and Fellaini to perform and win games from the get go but quite obviously with the incompetence shown by the club regarding transfers, it was never going to be that way. The club who had just won the league with the existing players also had ageing players who were approaching the twilight years of their respective careers. 

Fellaini was supposed to arrive along with a group of players ear-marked by the manager. Reinforcements in multiple positions were required to strengthen the squad to continue to aim for silverware.

With performances and results going downhill, the blame immediately shifted towards the new manager and their only new signing in the summer. Fellaini was continuously picked out by the media and supporters alike for every loss and bad performance and at the same time was never appreciated by them for the shift he righteously put in whenever he was on the pitch representing the Red Devils.

Sure, he was never going to a player who was going to add flair and technique in the midfield, but he did have a few talents that could never be duplicated by any other player in the squad. A threat in both the boxes, sheer presence in both defence and attack and that exquisite chest control!

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He delivered an attacking masterclass with his headers many a time for his manager and club. The one moment that no one talks about is the header against Crystal Palace in the dying seconds of the game which guaranteed fourth place in the 2014/15 season. He celebrated proudly, pointing towards the crest of the club.

One could go on about his famous moments in the red shirt which also includes goals and assists in key cup games, but he was more than just that. He was also very well appreciated by his teammates and managers which was evident during his goal celebrations and various social media posts by the players.

With all of this, the hate that he received (mostly by the fans of his own club!) was unprecedented and undeserved for a player who gave it all for his manager, teammates and most importantly, the shirt he wore with pride week-in, week-out.

Written by Shyam Shanker

Marouane Fellaini: The man who gave it his all and got nothing in return

Deadline day 2013, what a day that was. From failing to sign Fabio Coentrao on loan to Ander Herrera’s ‘representatives’ being anywhere but at Old Trafford, it was all a sign of things to come that season. The transfer window took an even stranger twist with a last-minute bid for Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. ‘Fellaini?! We’re actually going through with that?’ I remember telling my friend at Oliver Reed’s last pub, half drunk and not making much sense at that point. We and many others later started calling him “Our tree”.

Inevitably Manchester United signed just Marouane Fellaini without Leighton Baines and gave him the number 31, it was safe to say there was nothing extraordinary about signing the lanky Belgian midfielder, well apart from his hairstyle that is. Life at United proved difficult at the start for Fellaini, especially after Manchester City putting United to sword 4-1 and Yaya Toure and Fernandinho making short work of the United midfield.

Everything after that match went downhill, David Moyes was sacked and United finished a miserable seventh place. It’s easy to understand why Fellaini is so synonymous with that season, he suffered a difficult first season, was perceived to be a panic buy and he was brought in by a manager that took United from a club that were the champions to mid-table. It looked like the Belgian’s stay at Manchester United wouldn’t be that much longer than that of the man who brought him to the club.

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We were all wrong, Louis van Gaal was appointed that summer and Fellaini’s career at United seemed to take a turn for the better with the Dutch manager taking a liking the player and inevitably so did his successor. Looking through Twitter these past few days to see what the general feeling was about Fellaini leaving, hoping to see a few tributes to a player who acted professionally at United and gave his all.

I was wrong, what I saw baffled me and had me seething with anger at how little respect (if any) United fans have for a player who scored vital goals for the club over these past four years such as his winner against Crystal Palace in 2015 putting United a win away from returning to Champions League football. Fellaini also scored three semi-final goals including one in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo which put United through to the final and saw them win the trophy for the first time.

It’s also safe to say that without Fellaini, United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not be preparing to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after his last gasp goal against Young Boys at Old Trafford last November. Fellaini was never the most glamourous of players, but he tried his best to contribute to the cause every time he came on and wore the United shirt, irrespective of who was the manager and what instructions he was given.

The level of abuse and disrespect aimed at Fellaini over the last few days has been baffling, to say the least, some of it, ironically enough, even coming from profiles with a picture Paul Pogba (along with Luke Shaw) as their avatar, a player who in my eyes could be accused of downing tools because he didn’t see eye to eye with Jose Mourinho and his methods. Not to mention the drama his agent Mino Raiola caused when he offered Pogba to Manchester City.

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Maybe it’s because Fellaini doesn’t have the social media presence players like Pogba have or maybe it’s because most United fans see him as an easy scapegoat for all that went wrong after Sir Alex Ferguson resigned in 2013, even if these are the reasons they still are unjustified for a player that always gave his best in a United shirt and contributed to the club winning what little silverware they won over the past three years.

It’s sad to see the club let go of a character like Fellaini, a character that rarely gave in, fought hard, wasn’t easily pushed around and unselfish to teammates One story that comes to mind is when Fellaini gave up his number 31 shirt to Bastian Schweinsteiger, why? Because it meant a lot to Schweinsteiger and it helped him settle in better, that’s just the sort of guy Fellaini was and that is just the sort of character Manchester United have lost, a player that puts his teammates first.

It’s going to be strange not seeing Fellaini coming on anymore, and yeah, I’ll miss his tenacity and fighting spirit especially when United are down and need a goal out of nothing. One thing’s for sure, now with both Mourinho and Fellaini gone, the list of scapegoats at Old Trafford has grown shorter and people that unjustly escaped any form of blame in the past might not be so lucky if things turn sour again. Goodbye, ‘Our Tree’ it’s been a pleasure seeing you in a red shirt.

Written by John Grech

Marouane Fellaini reportedly in talks with Chinese Super League about a move away from Manchester

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is reportedly in talks with the Chinese Super League about a move from the Old Trafford club. Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande have been rumoured to be interested in the Belgian midfielder in recent weeks. Fellaini is currently in Belgium recovering from a calf injury which will see him miss a further three weeks of action. The transfer window in China will close on the 28th February 2019, so there is time to allow the player to recover from his injury.

Fellaini was signed by United more than five and a half years ago, signing on deadline day in the summer of 2013 for a fee which cost £4 million more than it would have earlier that summer. The Belgian has divided opinion about his time at the club, seemingly live Marmite – you either love him or you hate him. Last summer, Fellaini was out of contract and many thought he would leave the club, however, United re-signed him, which set a dangerous precedent at the Old Trafford club.

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The Daily Mail reports that a Chinese delegation to United’s Carrington training ground and that Fellaini was due to arrive at some point on Tuesday to talk about a possible departure from the club. It has been suggested that this would be a multi-million-pound move from United to the unnamed Chinese club, whether that means a transfer fee or the prospective wage for the player, who knows. It is probably the latter though.

Under the management of Jose Mourinho, Fellaini was a favourite and played a lot of football in the two and a half years the Portuguese manager was at the club. Since he was sacked though, Fellaini has played just 31 minutes of football under caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It has been suggested that Fellaini’s game time at United will be at risk as Solskjaer prefers to utilise quicker players in his squad with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic preferred to play with Paul Pogba.

It was reported in the past few weeks that Scott McTominay could head out on loan for the second half of the season but reports now suggest that Solskjaer put a hold on that happening to maintain cover if Fellaini was to be sold before the closure of the winter transfer window, which for European clubs will end on Thursday evening. However, with the Chinese window remaining open for another month, there is time for the departure to happen.

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At United, Fellaini has played 177 times, 106 times as a starting player, playing a total of 10,446 minutes in all competitions. The Belgian has scored 22 goals for his club, seven in the 2014/15 season, four in each of the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, scoring two in the current season. He has been yellow carded 30 times, seeing red three times. With the Belgian on the pitch, United have won 54.2% of matches. However, there have been some shocking displays from the Belgian.

If Fellaini did leave the club this winter, which many will be hoping for, it would leave United with Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Fred, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay as the more experienced central defender at the club. I think Solskjaer and his coaching team will look at the players they have and see that things will be just fine if the Belgian does leave the club, however, that should have been something that happened last summer, rather than now. Hopefully United get a good fee from China.

Getting the best from Marouane Fellaini…

Marouane Fellaini has recently just signed a new deal at Manchester United which will leave him at the club until 2020 and possibly a further year should the club activate an extension clause. Fellaini’s contract was set to expire and it looked like he was going to leave Old Trafford as he entered negotiations with both AC Milan and Arsenal. However, it appears as if Fellaini was not happy with what Milan and Arsenal had offered him and would rather play with United as Jose Mourinho has shown such faith in him. Fellaini himself is very vocal about the support he has received from Mourinho and even took to Twitter to announce he was staying in Manchester.

The big issue regarding the Belgian midfielder is that he is a controversial character amongst United fans and pundits alike. Many feel he does not have the qualities to play for Manchester United. However, this is not to say the qualities he can bring to the table are not effective. One thing that cannot be questioned about Fellaini is his effort, which can be questioned about more talented players in the squad. Although he is not graced with technical ability, Fellaini gives it his all for United and when he is used correctly he is effective.

For example, just this season when United were level with Arsenal and it looked like the game may finish in a draw, Fellaini was brought on and played in an advanced role to cause problems for the Arsenal defence. Eventually, Fellaini scored from a cross by Ashley Young and his passion was shown as he was slapping the United crest on his shirt and running over to the United fans near the tunnel.

Minutes previously in this game, Fellaini also found himself in the box whilst Anthony Martial crossed in the ball, Fellaini got his head to it and hit the post but Marcus Rashford netted the rebound. Unfortunately, the goal was given as offside but this just shows how effective Fellaini can be when used correctly. Two-goal opportunities were created from his aerial dominance in a matter of seconds. The Belgian is simply a handful for any defender given his physicality and aggressive style of play.

Although Fellaini is a clear goal threat, he has not always been used further up the pitch. Under both Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal, Fellaini has featured in more of a holding role at times and it has not consistently worked. A player with an aggressive nature and perhaps somewhat ill-disciplined will cause problems for a team defensively if put in a holding role. Everton away in the 2016/2017 season is a prime example of the problems that are led into when Fellaini is played deeper.

United were 1-0 up against Everton and Fellaini was brought on to add a bit of height in United’s defence to try and stop long balls coming in for Everton. However, this idea did not go to plan as Fellaini gave away a penalty in the dying minutes which lead the game finishing 1-1.

This was not the only time Fellaini has been criticised by United fans and pundits but also the Arsenal goal is not the only example where he came to United’s rescue. Clearly, when used correctly, Fellaini has a lot to give Manchester United. He was brought to United for the performances he put in against the club whilst he was at Everton. It is not the player’s fault he gets told to play in a role which he simply does not have the capabilities of playing.

When he plays in an advanced role, if he does not score a goal he will definitely cause problems for the opposition and that is why United have renewed his contract.

Written by Shane Purcell

Marouane Fellaini has signed a new two-year contract at Manchester United, with the option of a third year

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract at the Old Trafford club. It was expected that the Belgian would leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer on the expiry of his contract. United manager Jose Mourinho wanted the Belgian to remain in his squad and has asked him to stay many times since the turn of 2018. Fellaini, 30, has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a third year to be added on.

The Belgian has made 156 appearances for United in the past five years, scoring 20 goals, five of them last season alone. He is not a fans favourite but has the backing of his manager and his teammates. Fellaini has scored some crucial goals in the past few seasons which has seen United lift the Emirates FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League – the first time the club had ever lifted that trophy.

United has already added Brazilian Fred to the midfield this summer, replacing the now-retired Michael Carrick who will now occupy a place on Mourinho’s coaching team. Fellaini’s new contract will mean that United may not sign another central midfielder this summer, which will free up funds to strengthen the defence and the attack with a forward to take the pressure off Romelu Lukaku and possibly a right-winger added to the squad.

Talking about his new contract at the Theatre of Dreams, Fellaini, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.”

Mourinho, speaking about Fellaini’s new contract, which I am sure he is happy about, said:

“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

Fellaini is currently with the Belgian squad at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. He played against England on Thursday evening, with Adnan Januzaj scoring the only goal in the match. Fellaini had made an appearance in Belgium’s second group stage match, replacing Lukaku, who was rested against England because of an injury. Fellaini was one of the players who deserved the Man of the Match award against England, showing how he can be involved in attacks, which is why I guess Mourinho rates him so highly.

Belgium will face Japan in the last 16 on Monday evening, whilst England will face Colombia on Tuesday evening. I am sure Fellaini will be seeking to get further in the tournament this summer, possibly returning to the Old Trafford club after his holiday, possibly claiming a World Cup winner’s medal, which is what Lukaku and his teammates will be aiming for. It is too early to suggest whether they have the squad to do this yet, but they are in the knockouts and have a talented squad and will be aiming high.

Marouane Fellaini is staying at Manchester United for another two years – reports

Marouane Fellaini is reportedly staying at Manchester United this summer, according to Duncan Castles. In his article which was written for Yahoo Sport, Castles has suggested that the Belgian midfielder will sign a new two-year contract at the Theatre of Dreams with Jose Mourinho reluctant to let the Belgian leave the club on a free. Fellaini’s contract was due to expire on Saturday and it was suggested that Fellaini would confirm his future on Sunday 1st July, which suggested he could announce his next move as a free agent.

Fellaini has previously stated that United had left it too late to keep him at the club, which was a comment the player may now have to retract based on the fact he’s not a fans favourite at the club and could have lost himself more supporters. United put the offer on the table late last year. Since then, Fellaini has been linked to a number of clubs in Europe with Arsenal seemingly on his radar. Unai Emery, the new Arsenal manager, was interested in Fellaini when he was at Paris Saint-Germain so it was safe to say the Spanish manager would be interested again.

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Fellaini joined United five years ago for a £27.5 million free from Everton, despite the fact he was £4 million cheaper earlier that summer. With Michael Carrick retiring this summer, United have brought in Fred to replace him. It was expected that Mourinho would need to bring in another midfielder this summer with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hotly linked to the club but his fee would be more than that of Paul Pogba, which would mean United would not be able to strengthen in other places, so with Fellaini staying, the funds could now be spent elsewhere.

Fellaini is a player I would have accepted seeing the back of but he would also have been a player that would be missed. Yes, he’s not the fans favourite and he has made a few mistakes. Other players make mistakes and they are fans favourites who some fans will not have a bad word said about, which adds to the pathetic nature of a Manchester United player being hated by many. Yes, Fellaini may not have the talent to be classed as one of the best central midfielders in Europe but he does get results more often than not.

The fact that Fellaini has reportedly turned down Arsenal to remain at United must show the love the player has for the club, even if he has let us all down with the comments he has made in the Belgian media ahead of the FIFA World Cup, of which he is participating in with Belgium and could face England on Thursday evening when the two countries meet in the final group stage of the competition with both teams making the round of 16 with either Japan, Senegal, or Colombia likely to be the teams both England and Belgium face in the first knockout round.

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Fellaini has made a total of 156 appearances for United (97 as a starter and 59 as a substitute), scoring 20 goals in his nearly five-year career at the club. Last season, in a total of 23 appearances, Fellaini scored five goals; the second in a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford on the 26th August 2017, the opening goal in the UEFA Champions League in the 3-0 victory over Basel on the 12th September 2017, the second and third goal in a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the 30th September 2017 and an added-time winner over Arsenal on the 29th April 2018.

Fellaini has scored some important goals for United, that victory over Arsenal being the most important once last season. The Belgian has something in his locker and he is of use more under Jose Mourinho than he ever was for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. Whilst Fellaini is not a fans favourite and probably never will be, what he offers the club, despite what the supporters say about him is admirable. Just imagine, there are supporters who think Anthony Martial is a world beater despite bringing less to the table than Fellaini does…

Marouane Fellaini’s future will be sorted soon with five days remaining at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has five more days left at the Old Trafford club. The Belgian, currently playing in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will see his contract expire at 23:59 on Saturday 30th June 2018, a day in which many United supporters are looking forward to. Fellaini made the move from Everton to United on transfer deadline day in 2013 with United paying £27.5 million for the Belgian midfielder’s services, even though he was available for £4 million less earlier that summer.

Fellaini came after a summer of promises with Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale, and even Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to be making a move to the Theatre of Dreams that summer, a summer of disappointment. The lack of strengthening, despite United starting Moyes’ tenure at the club as Premier League champions, was one of the reasons he was sacked around seven months later, just over two months after signing Juan Mata from Chelsea during the January transfer window. Too little too late for the chosen one.

United offered Fellaini a new contract late last year with resulted in a stalemate with reports suggesting the Belgian, who has made just one appearance in the World Cup this summer, demanding £125,000 per week. At the end of the season, Fellaini told the Belgian media that United had left it too late to keep him at the club, despite Jose Mourinho suggesting that he wanted the player to sign a new contract. Fellaini has been linked to AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and a number of Turkish clubs this summer.

It was reported that both Milan and Marseille considered Fellaini’s demands as too much, which could be the case for any club the Belgian is a player of interest to. United still seemingly have their final contract offer on the table and with five days remaining of his current contract, it is something of an embarrassment that United even have the offer on the table, despite it being rejected. If Fellaini ends up having nowhere to go this summer and signs the renewal at United, there will be a backlash from supporters of the club who are counting down the days.

The Belgian is keeping his cards close to his chest so far this summer but with the days reducing, there is an eagerness to see where the player will continue his career. When asked recently about his future, Fellaini gave the reply; “You will know soon.” In five days time, the days of Fellaini fortifying Manchester United’s midfield could be over, or another period could commence. United have already started their transfer business this summer with Diogo Dalot and Fred signing for the club.

Mourinho is said to be seeking a central defender, another central midfielder, even fortifying the attack which could include support for Romelu Lukaku, even solve the right-wing position. Fellaini, despite not being a fans favourite whilst at United, has impressed at times and done a lot for the club. He scored some goals which were the difference for United in their quest to win trophies post-Sir Alex Ferguson with United lifting the Emirates FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, also winning the FA Community Shield, EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League under Mourinho.

Manchester United still want Marouane Fellaini to stay; it is time to let him leave and move on

Manchester United are reportedly hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will remain at the Theatre of Dreams this summer, despite his current contract ending at the end of the month. Fellaini was offered a new contract months ago and the contract is still seemingly on the table according to reports. The player is obviously not keen on signing a new contract after aiming to negotiate with clubs such as AC Milan, Marseille and with Arsenal reportedly on the radar. The player seems likely to sort his career out after the FIFA World Cup this summer.

Fellaini has been vocal about the contract offer, speaking to the media in his native Belgium, stating that United had left it too late to keep him at the Old Trafford club, something which manager Jose Mourinho wants to happen. It seems increasingly likely that Fellaini will leave the club as a free agent this summer with United left hanging, as far as the contract offer goes. If a player is not keen on signing a new contract, for whatever reason, that contract should not be left open for a long period of time, as seems to be the case here.

Fellaini has shown so much disrespect to United over the past few months with his comments, which suggest he does not sign a new deal at the club. United keeping that offer on the table is a gamble. It also makes the club seem desperate to keep Fellaini, with the majority of supporters ready to accept the loss of the player, who was not a fan favourite and one the majority of supporters would happily see walk out of the Old Trafford club, forever. I respect the player for his time at the club, but that is now over, hopefully.

Now, I don’t hate Fellaini, he’s a player that came after a summer of promise, which turned into a summer of failure. That is no the player’s fault at all. United and David Moyes spent the summer chasing the unattainable and were left with deadline day to get some business done. That turned out to be Fellaini, although there was a loan deal for Fabio Coentrao, then of Real Madrid, which was not ratified. Fellaini’s time under Moyes was short-lived and only Mourinho managed to get the best out of him, which was not good enough for a club of this stature.

Fellaini has seen much attention from clubs this summer, from AC Milan to Marseille, then Arsenal. There have been other clubs interested in the player, but the same story seems to prevail when you learn that many of the clubs have seemingly backed away from the player. His wage demands are too high. I guess when you have played for a club such as Manchester United, who are known to pay high wages, when you leave, you want the same wage, but that is not going to happen, especially for a free agent.

Fellaini has a big gamble on his hands waiting until after the World Cup to sort out his future. One injury could scupper everything for him, which will leave him out of pocket, with no facilities to return to fitness and a big deal to overcome, being that he will in effect be club-less. It could be much tougher for him to find a club after an injury, as hypothetical as it might be at this moment in time. The one thing that could happen though is United, with that contract offer still seemingly on the table, Fellaini could sign it to ensure he is not in that position.

That would be a tragedy in this day an age if a player comes home from the World Cup injured, close to being a free agent and signing a new contract in order to keep racking up the cash and having a medical team around him to help him recover. Even if he did not come back from Russia injured, he seems to be out of options this summer, so could sign the new contract to keep himself in a position whereby he would attain regular first team football. United’s contract offer should be conditional.

Either you sign it before a certain date, or the offer is rescinded. That date should be before the player heads to Russia with Belgium for the World Cup. United are left tottering on the edge of desperation by seemingly keeping that contract offer open, which is starting to become an embarrassment. Imagine if Fellaini did sign a new contract this summer, would it be because he wanted to keep playing for United, or would it be because he was left with no other option? It is time for a change now.

Marouane Fellaini seems likely to sign for Arsenal as a free agent this summer

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini seems likely to join Arsenal as a free agent this summer, according to reports. On Monday, it was reported that the Belgian midfielder was ‘to hold talks with Arsenal’ over the possibility of a move to the North London club, joining Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the club, albeit six months later, if it does happen. Fellaini has been a target for a number of clubs this summer, most recently AC Milan and Marseille, both of whom have been put off by the player’s excessive wage demands.

Fellaini, signed by David Moyes in a £27.5 million deal on deadline day in the summer of 2013, when he could have been signed for £4 million less earlier that summer, will see his current contract expire at the end of this month. United manager Jose Mourinho was keen to keep the Belgian in his squad ahead of the new season but now it seems another midfielder could be heading to the Theatre of Dreams, which is good news for those who want rid of the Belgian.

Personally, I have never been a fan of Fellaini but I hold respect for the player, what he has done for the club and what he has endured from the supporters who love to hate him. I feel it is time for a change, and that seems to be happening. United are close to signing Fred this summer, the Brazilian had his medical at the clubs Aon Training Complex today and seems set to be confirmed as a United player at some stage on Tuesday. Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot seems to be close to making a move to the Old Trafford club also.

Alongside both Milan and Marseille, Fellaini has been linked to Beskitas, Galatasaray and Paris Saint Germain also, seemingly none of those clubs as interested as others. The Parisien club were credited with an interest in the player, that whilst Unai Emery was the manager so his arrival at Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger would seem credible as he thought he would be a player to add to the French champions, before his departure at least.

The suggestion that Fellaini is more likely to sign for Arsenal this summer, rather than renew his contract at United is good news for everyone. Those who want change at the club and those who want rid of the Belgian. Fellaini has made no friends recently, especially after his quotes in the Belgian press which stated United had left it too late to keep him at the club as if he thinks he is Lionel Messi or something. That just left a less than sweet taste in my mouth and made me realise that a change is good.

I wish Fellaini all the best in his future career, wherever that lies. One thing comes to mind though, if Fellaini demands as much money as he has from other clubs, it would be likely that Arsenal, who have a budget to attract free agents this summer, could baulk at his demands, which could leave him with no options on the table. As long as United have retracted the contract offer that was on the table for him, that will be good enough for me.

If he has no options as June draws to a close, he might just accept United’s offer, which would turn a less than sweet taste into a fowl taste for everyone.

Marouane Fellaini pricing himself out of Marseille move, Manchester United need to withdraw the contract offer, just in case

Marouane Fellaini is running out of time at Manchester United. He has been offered a new contract but his disrespect for the Old Trafford club by saying they left it too late to keep him has in effect left him in a position where even the majority of the supporters who wanted to keep him at the club now want him to leave. The expiry of his contract cannot come quick enough for some. Fellaini has had a lot of interest from the continent over the past few weeks, the latest club being Marseille.

Fellaini was tipped to be signing for AC Milan last week with suggesting a deal was close but then news broke that Fellaini’s demands were scuppering the deal. A deal could still be done with the Italian club in the next month though. Marseille have made their interest clear in the Belgian, who will be playing for his country in the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, which could, if he plays well, open up more avenues for himself during the summer.

It has been suggested that Fellaini has rejected a new contract from United, something that neither the player nor the club has confirmed so far. French newspaper L’Equipe has reported that Marseille chief Andoni Zubizarreta met with Fellaini last week but his wage demands were too much got the Ligue 1 club, something that seems prevalent with other clubs that have been linked with the player. I don’t know what it is that makes Fellaini think he is worth the money he is asking.

He has his uses and since signing for United on deadline day during the summer of 2013, only Jose Mourinho has managed to find a suitable use for him with both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal seemingly failing to get the best out of the Belgian. Because of his uses and the threat he offers in the opposition box, it was a reason I would have liked him to remain at the club but now a change would be a good one. United need to move into a new era which will continue their improvement, developing the boring playing style they have been accustomed to this season.

Fellaini would be a good signing for any team, any team, just come and get him. The one thing that could show him that his demands are crazy is the fact that no club signs him this summer and he learns the hard way. Thinking you are one of the best players in the world and being one of the best players in the world are two different things. United need to ensure the contract renewal is off the table in case Fellaini runs out of options and signs a new contract – the discontent from that will be something to write home about.

United need to ensure they are not held to ransom by Fellaini, as once his options are off the table, he may be interested in signing for United again. That is not what we all want at all. United need to move on. There is a new era brewing and something needs to be done about all the deadwood this summer, Fellaini being part of that. Despite having an impact, like he has at times this season, it is not the be all and end all of a Manchester United player. Having players who do more for the team is what is needed and Fellaini’s impact, other than being a threat, is not enough.

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