Marouane Fellaini is not the long-term solution to Manchester United's attacking midfield position, despite the fact he has impressed with a number of promising displays at Old Trafford this season.
That's according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who has urged Louis van Gaal to find another option for the Red Devils next season if they are going to be competitive in the Champions League.
The former England international admits he's been surprised by the £90,000-a-week star's performances at the Theatre of Dreams this term, but insists it's important Manchester United don't rely too heavily on the sort of style that plays to the ex-Everton man's strengths.
"Fellaini has been in good form but is he the answer long term? I don't think he is," reflected Redknapp in his Sky Sports column. "You want a bit more subtlety in your game – especially for Champions League games next year.
"I can't deny he's surprised me and I have respect for what he's done. But it's a worry teams can stop Man United by stopping Fellaini. You need to have more to you than that one option."
The Red Devils appear on course to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next term with a seven-point advantage over fifth placed Liverpool and just four games left to play.
However, their fine run of recent form came to an abrupt end after suffering back-to-back defeats in the Premier League for the first time in Van Gaal's tenure, losing 1-0 against soon-to-be-crowned champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then following that up with a 3-0 defeat at Everton.
The uninspiring performance at Goodison Park will provide the veteran Dutch coach with more cause for concern because they actually played pretty well against the Blues and were unfortunate to leave west London empty-handed.
However, Redknapp thinks both results could be a positive for the club long-term as it will make the manager reassess what he needs to do in the summer transfer market.
"United will not go into the summer transfer window on the back of a great run of results, which might have fooled the management or board into thinking they are able to compete for the title with their current squad of players," he explained.
"I don't think that's the case. They've had some good results and played well against the likes of Manchester City. A lot of that has been because of the form of Marouane Fellaini, with United going direct to him.
"They got away with that tactic for a while before Chelsea and Everton nullified him."
Phil Jones contract
Manchester United are in talks with the representatives of Phil Jones over a new deal for the defender, and the man himself is confident a positive outcome can be found soon.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow centre-back Chris Smalling by committing his future to Old Trafford until at least 2019.
Scholes reveals Pogba regret
Paul Scholes feels he may have been partly responsible for Paul Pogba's decision to leave Manchester United for Juventus in the summer of 2012.
The Red Devils legend has revealed his decision to come out of retirement for the second half of the 2011/12 campaign, could've prompted the French midfielder to quit Old Trafford due to a lack of first-team opportunities.
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