Marouane Fellaini made his full debut for Manchester United on Tuesday in the Champions League in the 4-2 victory against Bayer Leverkusen.
The question is whether it is a coincidence that Wayne Rooney plays the best he has played in nearly a season that same night?
Fellaini was playing a deep lying role for United, but making runs forward as well, unlike Michael Carrick who prefers to sit back and play long balls to the likes of Robin van Persie. Fellaini pushed up the field and his distribution was very good.
The effect Fellaini's performance had on Rooney was that he could remain in his trequartista role behind Van Persie, whereas before he found himself coming deeper to find the ball and therefore he may have not netted as many goals as he would have liked.
With Fellaini's good, accurate and direct distribution, it enabled the Englishman to stay further up the pitch. With Rooney looking so dangerous and the fans applauding him, Rooney must want to remain at Old Trafford.
With Rooney's confident display on Tuesday, United fans may be expecting a contract renewal in the near future, which must only be seen as good thing as Rooney is one of the best players in the Premier League and is vital to United's squad.
The reason for this seems to be the influence Fellaini had, if Rooney and Fellaini transfer their form in the Premier League it will be a terrific partnership with Van Persie ahead.
Furthermore, Rooney may become United's main man again, restoring harmony to David Moyes' squad, and if Rooney continues his form United must be seen as the favourites for the title.
The £28.5million move for Fellaini may prove to be a masterstroke my Moyes.
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