Football

Marouane Fellaini: His ideal role for Man United

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

It's no secret that Fellaini, put simply, hasn't taken to life at Manchester United.

Already having received a red card (although one could argue that it was meaningless), Fellaini looks off the pace and has accordingly been dropped to the bench alongside other illustrious underachievers such as Ashley Young and Anderson.

However, having shelled out nearly £30million to get the midfielder in the first place, one would expect a substantial return on that investment. So far, all United have received in return is one above-average performance against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford

It would appear as if Fellaini is on course to end up a £30million flop. But while the thought of such a sum going down the drain isn't the most reassuring one, United fans can take solace in the fact that many players take months, if not years, to adjust to the tempo and style of their new team.

Moyes has been under immense pressure from the first day on the job and there is little chance he was willing to risk infuriating the United faithful so early in his career. He saw something in Fellaini - something special, good enough to succeed at one of the biggest clubs in world football. Let's not lose faith in Moyes's decision right away. Let's instead analyze how Fellaini could be best utilised.

Neither Fellaini nor Moyes has made it any secret that the preferred position for the big Belgian is right in the center of the midfield.

Big, tall and bulky, he looked the ideal partner to the silky and cunning Michael Carrick. With one playing forty yard passes to perfection and the other hassling opposition like a starving bulldog off it's leash they looked an almost unbeatable combination on paper.

And while it hasn't quite worked out yet, there is hope. Fellaini still retains dominating traits and a system in which Carrick actually plays out in front of the former Everton man may prove more potent to this particular combination. Fellaini is a midfielder by declaration: why move him anywhere else?

That said, words are overrated. It's action that matters and Fellaini's biggest contribution to Everton last season were his goals. He thrived in the center-forward role, winning headers and setting into motion numerous goal bound moved. However, given the current challengers for that same position (Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez), Fellaini won't be playing in that position any time soon.

Actions and words are all that, but what really matters is talent and Fellaini's talent seems to be in defending. Aside from his well documented size, he is good at marking players and given United's struggles in that position this season, he may well find himself in the heart of the defence later this season.

Still, putting him in defence would be wasting his natural ability to pass and link the offence and defence. Again not likely.

So it seems that Fellaini will most likely continue in midfield. One would hope that he settles as time passes but there are no guarantees. There is a very real chance that Fellaini could find himself teetering on the edge of the exit door next summer, leaving for a fraction of the price United payed to get him.

Still, United fans can carry a very real hope that the Fellaini-Carrick partnership will blossom into one that both beautiful and intimidating in equal measures. Not since Keane and Scholes have United had such a perfectly complementing pair of midfielders.

It's up to Moyes to unlock that potential.

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Marouane Fellaini

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again