When Marouane Fellaini came within a few million pounds of becoming Manchester United's record signing in 2013, few would have guessed he would be turning out for their Under-21 side two years later.
But that is exactly the situation the Belgian powerhouse found himself in on Monday evening as he played the full 90 minutes against Liverpool in a thrilling Under-21 Premier League clash.
Despite the apparent irrelevance of the game, Fellaini would have done his chances of reclaiming a starting spot in Louis van Gaal's senior squad no harm after playing a starring role in the 3-2 victory.
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The midfielder opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after Andreas Pereira's deep cross found him unmarked at the back post. He poked his volley past the goalkeeper in a composed manner, but his influence on the game was far from finished.
A good piece of interchange between Fellaini and Devonte Redmond allowed the Belgium international the chance to shoot with his weak foot. The shot was initially pushed away by Liverpool goalkeeper Ryan Fulton, but it was too powerful and he could only redirect it into Nick Powell's path, who tapped in to make it 2-0 with 11 minutes remaining.
Jerome Sinclair pulled one back for Liverpool just four minutes later before Sergio Romero gave Madger Gomes the perfect opportunity to equalise in the 85th minute. A terrible punch from the Italian fell straight into the substitute's path, and he took full advantage
But Fellaini once again popped up with the goods, setting up Sean Goss to curl home the winner from 20 yards.
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