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Why is Marouane Fellaini failing?

Fellaini has struggled early as a Red Devil (©GettyImages)
Fellaini has struggled early as a Red Devil (©GettyImages).

The man with the huge 'fro went to Manchester United on transfer deadline day for £27.5m from Everton as David Moyes' only major signing as the new manager.

Since then, Marouane Fellaini has struggled with his new club and has received a lot of criticism for his poor play.

After his break out season with Everton, with a goal scoring output into the double digits, why has Fellaini struggled at Manchester United?

Fans have been quick to answer this question, saying that he is simply not Manchester United quality. However, the answer seems to be a different one.

Fellaini's struggles seem to be more of a matter of where he is playing on the pitch, rather than his incapability of playing for his new club.

Moyes has immediately thrust Fellaini alongside Michael Carrick. A role that requires him to sit back and play deeper rather than venture forward as he did at Everton.

On Merseyside, Fellaini played right behind the striker in a very advanced position. Everton played a direct game, so Fellaini was able to win flick-ons out of the air and hold up aerial balls to bring others into play.

The ball would usually be played out to overlapping runners such as Leighton Baines, and Fellaini would peel off into the box. The ball would be delivered and Fellaini would look to head the ball in with his massive afro.

But players like Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, and Adnan Januzaj are better fit to play that advanced role which leaves Fellaini to play alongside Michael Carrick.

He has had to transition from the direct play of Everton to the more possession oriented style of Manchester United.

Rather than linking up with forwards and wingers he has had to learn how to link up with the defensive four and surrounding midfielders.

The role does not seem to suit Fellaini, and this has accounted for his early struggles as a Red Devils.

Until Fellaini finds his feet in his new position Manchester United fans should expect the struggles to continue.

But it does seem to be a matter of position rather than a matter of talent.

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