When Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm at Old Trafford and players got a call from their agent saying United were interested in buying them, I’m sure for most it was more of a duty than anything else.
New manager David Moyes had hardly instilled any confidence at the club. Ferguson’s act was always going to be a hard one to follow, but Moyes and Ed Woodward’s shrewd attempts at doing business in transfer window went awry, showing that United no longer have the lure they used to.
Marouane Fellaini however, eagerly answered Moyes’ call and came running. He hasn’t made a bad start to life at United, but every time I watch him in a United shirt, I wonder where he fits in and if he is really a United player.
Sure, United are in the Champions League this season and they have a shot at being there next season. In all likelihood, this season’s competition will end predictably, with United going out after being convincingly beaten at the knockout stage.
If United don’t finish in the top four – which, by the way, is a very real prospect considering their competition - then Fellaini may well be left regretting his move from Everton.
Fellaini just seemed a better fit at Everton as he is the sort of player who is hard to add to an already established squad. To me, he is more the sort of player who thrives when a team is built around him - like at Everton. Fellaini is an attacking player and perhaps his best role is currently occupied at Unuted. He knew his role at Everton, but Fellaini, or Moyes for that matter, don’t really seem to know what his role is at Old Trafford.
If Fellaini moved to United for Champions League football, he is by no means guaranteed it next season. Chelsea or Arsenal could have been a safer option for the big Belgian with both teams reportedly interested in him at some point.
If the unthinkable happens, and Everton finish in the top four above United – very unlikely, I know – then Fellaini, and Moyes for that matter, will be left red-faced.
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