It’s amazing what a bit of form can do for your reputation isn’t it?
In the case of Marouane Fellaini, you’d have struggled to find a single Manchester United fan who rated him and wanted the club to hold onto him before The Reds played Tottenham at Old Trafford in the spring.
But the opening goal at Old Trafford that day proved to be a critical point for the big Belgian. He went on to be integral to the next 5 games, which brought results – including wins over Liverpool and Manchester City – that were crucial to Manchester United’s season and top four finish.
But after those games it seems that the opposition worked the Fellaini tactic out. They simply man marked him and, without an explosive thrust of pace or sensational technique to count on, Fellaini went quiet again.
He will always score you the odd goal from a header of course. And his overall technique has indeed surprised some, in his better moments for the club.
But there is a lingering doubt about his suitability to the style of play at Manchester Untied. As a destroyer in front of the defence you could just about see a role for him in a vintage United team – that’s if he was any good at it. David Moyes seemed to buy him with that in mind but it didn’t work – but as one of Manchester United’s 4 or 5 attacking weapons? We just can’t see it long-term. It’s just TOO WIMBLEDON for Manchester United.
The red card for the vicious tackle at Hull on Sunday means he’s out for the crucial early weeks of next season. So he will struggle to get a regular place in the side.
After a decent 10 game spell for United, it would be a tough decision but we think that Manchester Untied should sell while they can recoup most of the their money.
The United squad can only hold so many players and they need to to be full of great ones, not just good ones.
The question you must ask is ‘is it worth holding on to a player this expensive just to be able to bring him on with ten minutes to go when the team is resorting to long ball tactics?‘
FINAL WORD: If you had been offered £20m for him at the start of the season you would have laughed with disbelief. He’s had 10 good games, if that, for United. Get rid while the price is high. SELL