Marouane Fellaini has certainly had a tumultuous spell at Manchester United and has failed to win over the fans.
The Belgian has been heavily critcised for his style of play and supporters are often desperate for him to be ousted from the starting XI.
Nonetheless, Jose Mourinho is seemingly going against the general consensus in giving Fellaini the nod in his first three games in the job. In addition, the Special One is reportedly set to reward him with a new contract at the club.
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To say the 28-year-old’s Manchester United tenure has been a total disaster would be doing the midfielder an injustice.
Many fans are still bitter that he proved David Moyes’ only major purchase in the summer of 2013 and flopped in his inaugural campaign. Since the departure of the Scot though, Fellaini has sought to salvage his United career.
It appears the culmination of this gradual improvement has coincided with the arrival of Mourinho. After all, the Portuguese tactician is favoring Fellaini over World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger no less.
Any belief that the ex-Everton man is too primitive a player for Mourinho have been dispelled. Some fans still reel at the sight of him in the first-team, but they may have to get used to it.
According to the Sun, Fellaini is set to be rewarded with a new two-year contract for his renaissance at the club.
The 28-year-old has two-years left on his current £110,000-a-week deal and his stay is poised to be extended further. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that, surprisingly, Mourinho is somewhat of a Fellaini fan.
Despite many tipping him to leave the club or even make a move to Sunderland, the Portuguese has stuck his finger out. Given their start to the season though, it may not be gamble it appears.
With his future set to be secured, Mourinho is insuring he has a tough tackling defensive midfield presence for years to come. Champagne player maybe not, but he gets the dirty work done just fine.
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