Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui born 22 November 1987, known as Marouane Fellaini, is a Belgian footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Belgium national team.
Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, Fellaini played youth football for Anderlecht, R.A.E.C. Mons, Royal Francs Borains and Charleroi S.C. before joining Standard Liège. After winning the Belgian First Division and the Ebony Shoe as a Liège player, he moved to England to join Everton. At Everton, he was the club’s Young Player of the Season for 2008–09, when the club were losing finalists in the FA Cup.
After five years at Everton, he transferred to Manchester United in a deal worth £27.5 million in September 2013
Manchester United 2013/14 season
On 2 September 2013, Fellaini signed a five-year contract, reuniting with former manager David Moyes at Manchester United in a £27.5 million, last-second, deadline day deal.He made his debut for the club on 14 September, in a 2–0 home win against Crystal Palace, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Anderson. He made his full debut on 17 September, starting in a 4–2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League.On 5 November 2013, Fellaini received his first red card for Manchester United in a match against Real Sociedad in the group stage of the Champions League.In April 2014, Fellaini was named as one of the “10 worst buys of the Premier League season” by The Daily Telegraph He made only fifteen league starts throughout the season, in contrast to thirty one starts he made in the previous season while at Everton.
Manchester United 2014/15 season
In his first pre-season game of 2014–15, Fellaini came off the substitutes bench to score his first Manchester United goal in injury time, giving the club a 2–1 win over Valencia inLouis van Gaal’s first game at Old Trafford as manager.On 20 October 2014, he scored his first competitive goal for Manchester United in 2–2 draw in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion two minutes after coming on as a half time substitute He was given his first start of the season by Van Gaal in the following match against Chelsea, and helped United earn a point against the league leaders. Fellaini covered 12.17 kilometres in the match, the most by any United player, and made 70 high-intensity runs, more than anyone else on the pitch. He was also effective in shutting down Cesc Fàbregas, who completed only three passes in the first 20 minutes and just 11 in the whole first half. This was remarkable given Fàbregas has played more passes than anybody else in the Premier League. During second half stoppage time, he contributed to United’s goal when his header was saved by Thibaut Courtois and ultimately rebounded in by Robin van Persie.On 2 December, Fellaini scored his first competitive home goal for Manchester United in a 2–1 defeat of Stoke City. His third goal of the season came in a 2–0 away win at Queens Park Rangers on 17 January 2015. On 15 March 2015, he scored his fourth goal of the season and assisted the second goal for Michael Carrick in a home game against Spurs in which United won 3-0 and he was voted Man of the Match.