The summer of 2013 was a curious one. The dust had settled on one of the most decorated managerial career’s in the Premier League. The new manager David Moyes was into his first summer as he sought to stamp his authority on an ageing squad. He targeted players like Cesc Fabregas , Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few. But, when deadline day appeared, David Moyes had Cleverly and Anderson as his Central players and Nani the only decent winger. And on deadline day, he badly wanted one centre midfielder and it was Marouanne Fellaini who signed, as David Moyes paid more than the Everton midfielder’s release clause.
He was thought be the midfielder that Moyes would build a team around, just as he did at Everton. And every Manchester United fan hated that season when Moyes and Fellaini failed miserably and Moyes was sacked in April,2014. Fellaini was voted as the 10 worst possible signings at Man United by the fans.
Under LVG is when Fellaini started to show the way he can play. Even though it was massively different to the Manchester United way, it was very effective and a productive and positive season under LVG when United finished 4th and got back to Champions League.
Second Season under LVG can also be seen as a progress. He scored, he defended but technically not adept to play at United. The season ended with the first silverware post the FERGIE ERA. And LVG was sacked days after leading United to the Cup win in which Fellaini scored in the semi-final against Everton at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho was Ed Woodward’s next choice. Still, Fellaini was on the negative books of the fans at Old Trafford. But Jose Mourinho transformed him. Last season, Marouanne’s penalty conceding performance at Goodison Park was smashed by the fans who had lost their belief on the midfielder. And that was November,2016. Post that performance, Marouanne Fellaini scored against Hull City in the EFL cup (Carabao cup) semi-final. He also scored the all important goal against Celta Vigo in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. He put in a memorable shift in the final against Ajax where he dominated the game with his physical presence. In the recent summer he was linked with Turkish giants Galatasaray. When asked about this rumour, Jose Mourinho responded by saying,
“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me then to get Marouane,”
“If they need a manager, they can fire [Igor Tudor] and have a chance.
“But Marouane? Forget it. He is too important for me.”
He also started the season brilliantly with goals against Leicester City in the Premier League and FC Basel in the Champions League.
The fans have also appreciated him of late. But still some of them are too harsh and for them what he needs to do is to be a Messi?? He surely won’t be one. But, A warrior like him cannot be found these days. He loves the club and us fans also. And it’s time to replicate the love and enjoy him play. At least until he stays at Manchester United.