If anybody is still in doubt about the justification for sacking David Moyes as manager of Manchester United they only need to look at his first signing for categoric proof of his failings as a manager.
Perhaps in an act of desperation, at not having brought anyone else into the club in his first summer, he signed Maroaune Fellaini for £27.5m pounds in what turned out to be one of the worst deals in Manchester United’s history.
And anyone who decides that Fellaini would somehow fit into the style of play at Manchester United doesn’t deserve the job.
Accordingly, the fans’ worst fears came to pass as Fellaini started badly and just got worse.
It’s difficult to know what purpose Moyes bought Fellaini to fulfil. Many believe that his best position is in the hole behind the striker where he can cause all sorts of problems to the opposition defence – albeit in an ugly way.
But Manchester United have great number 10s already and it seems that Moyes bought Fellaini as a shield for the defence. But he was neither athletic or technically good enough to play this role to good effect.
Fellaini does not belong at the very top level of football. He’s an old-fashioned player who uses his elbows and general height to get in the faces of the opposition – he is never going to bewitch anybody with his skill.
So, if reports are to be believed, LvG is about to further endear himself to the Manchester United faithful by getting rid at the earliest opportunity.
The Daily Mail reports today that LvG has asked the top brass to sell him:
Marouane Fellaini’s World Cup campaign has essentially become one big Barclays Premier League audition after it emerged that new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has instructed the club to sell him.
This will come as music to the ears of virtually all Manchester United fans. They didn’t want him then and they don’t want him now. But getting a decent price for him could be the next problem.
Manchester United fans: Are there any of you at all who would want to keep The Lampshade?