Manchester United fans have always been in a see-saw situation when it comes to Marouane Fellaini, for some the Belgian is not a proper Reds player and should be sold for whatever offered, while for a lot of them he now has transformed him into a useful figure in heart of the Manchester United midfield. The 27-year-old in recent times under new manager Jose Mourinho has evolved as a complete mysterious package who can launch at any team and run trouble with his challenges. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who is hailed as one of England’s best midfielder himself has heaped praises on Fellaini, calling him United’s effective ‘Plan B’.

The Belgian has had a superb start to this season under Mourinho, he netted twice in United’s 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace and played a perfect partner to Nemanja Matic in absence of injured Paul Pogba. Fellaini has not only stood strong in the midfield role but has also come out as a strong head poacher using his height effectively in the set pieces. The tall Belgian is a vital clog in the central midfield that provides more fluency to players upfront.

He does the dirty work for his manger and wins the ball with all he has got. Also he makes sure he is always present well inside the box for United wingers to catch him with the crosses. His ball winning attributes are no more hidden now as Steven Gerrard termed him an important part of the current Manchester United setup.

“He’s horrible (to play against),” Gerrard told BT Sport. “He’s a handful, even when he was at Everton, he was a little bit further forward. He used to back in, get flick-ons, hold the ball up.

“The key here is that the manager loves him. He’s always going on record praising him.

Stating how Fellaini’s direct game play has turned him into a game changer the Liverpool legend further added, “I think he’s been quite clever keeping him as a plan B because sometimes you can try all the class and all the nice bits, but sometimes you need to go ugly, you need to go direct, you need to have a plan B.

“He’s certainly United’s plan B and he’s very effective.”

Manager Jose Mourinho also has been vocal about Fellaini’s inevitable contribution to his team, from terming him as a ‘Jose Mourinho player’ and not letting him go when Galatasaray came haunting, to building him into a defensive block, Mourinho has made his player his way. When Manchester United spoiled former captain Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford return it was Marouane Fellaini who played ahead of teammates Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick alongside Nemanja Matic to see United foil Everton 4-0.

After the match Mourinho explained his move and said, “We gave Michael Carrick a contract because we think he’s a good player and an important player. “He’s just in a team where I think, in this moment; Matic and Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them. I never saw Matic playing so well. I never saw Fellaini playing so well.

First Published | 2 October 2017 8:04 PM
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