By Andy Jones
- Signed by David Moyes in £27.5million deal
- Scored 11 goals in 88 games for United to date
Marouane Fellaini has started the first two games of the season but is he a key figure in Mourinho’s plans?
For many United fans, Fellaini is seen as a scapegoat. A legacy of the woeful reign of David Moyes and the stagnant negative football of Louis Van Gaal.
Yet he is still here. With his unmistakable mop of hair, with the summer tint of ginger.
His recent performances have seen him start under Jose Mourinho, forcing out bigger, more established players like Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin.
Fellaini offers something different. A physical presence which Mourinho teams seem to have, and something we have lacked over the last few years.
Against Bournemouth he was deployed in a midfield two with Ander Herrera, and played the role superbly. He broke up the Bournemouth attacks, without any of the elbows and fouls for which he has become renown.
His pass completion rate was a staggering 98%, you could argue that many of these were simple passes to a teammate but its still an impressive stat.
For all his critics, the player has shown great resolve and strength of character.
Booed by his own supporter’s on several occasions, he has never hidden, despite playing for the worlds biggest football club, and that is a quality you can only admire.
As the season pans out, he might not be a first choice in midfield, but is still a valuable member of the squad, and doesn’t deserve the endless criticism aimed at him from a large section of the support.