When a football manager takes on a job, usually there is a player who is not doing so well at the club and suddenly, under the right management, turns his footballing career around and becomes the latest fans’ favourite and in Jose Mourinho’s case at Manchester United, that player is Marouane Fellaini.
At the start of his life at Old Trafford, Fellaini was very much a figure that represented negativity when it came to Manchester United, which stemmed down to being a signing under the not-so successful reign of David Moyes. This representation carried on through Louis Van Gaal’s management of the club, but under Mourinho, the Belgian midfielder has improved vastly and after being involved in 5 goals in his last 7 games (4 goals, 1 assist) United’s number 27 is relishing life under Jose.
There are midfielders currently at the club that offer more, but Fellaini’s control and overwhelming height makes him a player very little opposition will enjoy playing against and of recent time, goals have now been added to his attributes. With £89m Paul Pogba out with what looks like a length injury, Marouane is set to get much more game time which will allow him to prove to critics what he is all about.
He has often been brought on as a substitution to change United’s style of play through using his height to get him in and around the box to either convert or to assist a player through bringing it down but as he has got more game time, he has adapted to a defensive midfield role with the traditional, pacey players normally associated to United having the licence to move forward. He is a player who was harshly treated at the start of his Manchester United days, but now has the chance to prove the magic in Marouane.
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