Watching Victor Wanyama completely out-think, out-wrestle and out-power Marouane Fellaini in the clash at Old Trafford against Southampton on Saturday brought a couple of questions to the mind.
Is Fellaini overawed by the pressure of playing for Manchester United? And, did United miss a trick in not going for Victor Wanyama?
Fellaini was dismal on Saturday against the Saints. His performance was rife with too many side-passes, a lack of positivity, failure to break-up play and lack of positional sense. Not to mention, he looked totally off in terms of energy.
He seemed encumbered by the pressure of playing for a club of the stature and size of Manchester United. It is too early to say that its gone totally pear-shaped for the midfielder but the warning signs are there. United have been there before with Ben Foster, a talented individual failing to handle the immense pressure of being successful at the Theatre of Dreams.
Victor Wanyama, on the other hand, went about his job with the minimum of fuss. Immaculate positional sense, hard but fair tackling, superb use of the ball alongside Morgan Schneiderlin were part of an outstanding display from the Kenyan.
Manchester United had chances but the Saints looked in control and Wanyama had a huge role to play in that. He has already forged a great reputation on the back of a couple of outstanding displays against Barcelona in the Champions League. He proved himself adept at handling the ‘passing carousel’ of the Catalans, as Sir Alex likes to call it.
If you couple Victor Wanyama’s outstanding performances and Champions League experience with Maraone Fellaini’s troubles at the Old Trafford outfit and lack of Europe know-how, you have got to question the logic of signing Fellaini and allowing Southampton to sign Wanyama for less than half of what the Belgian cost.
It is a long season and Fellaini might well turn out to be a great signing, but the early signs don’t look very good.
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