Marouane Fellaini has failed to win the hearts of the Manchester United supporters since arriving at Old Trafford three years ago.
The Belgium international reminds fans of the ill-fated tenures of both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal - and most expected he would be one of the first out the door following Jose Mourinho’s arrival earlier this summer.
However, those hoping for news over Fellaini’s possible departure are likely to be left disappointed. Remarkably, it seems Mourinho is keen to keep the 28-year-old in his ranks.
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This is according to The Sun, who claim the Portuguese tactician feels Fellaini can be a useful squad member.
The new Manchester United boss reportedly sees Fellaini playing a similar role to that of John Obi Mikel, the Nigerian midfielder who served as a valuable squad player during both of Mourinho’s spells at Stamford Bridge.
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Fellaini provides midfield physicality and, of course, can be used as a Plan B - thanks to his ability in the air - when the team requires a goal.
Furthermore, he’s a real asset when it comes to set pieces - both attacking and defending.
Fellaini must stop lashing out
In order to salvage his United career, however, Fellaini can ill-afford to continue lashing out at opponents.
He missed the final three games of last season after clashing with Leicester City’s Robert Huth and there were a host of similar incidents involving the former Everton star throughout the campaign.
Pogba's arrival will affect Fellaini
Fellaini can expect to find himself further down the Old Trafford pecking order, though, with Paul Pogba expected to return from Juventus.
United are currently in negotiations with the Italian club and hope to strike a deal by the end of the week.
Fellaini admits he feels singled out
Fellaini could be forgiven if he himself fancied leaving United.
Back in April, he admitted that he feels singled out at Old Trafford.
“My family care more than me,” Fellaini told The Telegraph, per the Mirror, when asked about the criticism he receives.
“I am a professional, so I have to deal with it. I try not to listen. Sometimes it is difficult, but that is football and playing for a big club. Sometimes I don’t understand it. Why me? I don’t know.
“Sometimes, I say yes it is because I joined with David Moyes, sometimes I say no. The truth is I don’t know. I know one thing, a lot of people know I work hard on the pitch and for me that’s the most important thing.”
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