Marouane Fellaini has had a strange career at Manchester United, he was David Moyes' marquee signing back in 2013 and since then has been in and out of the starting 11 at Old Trafford.
When Louis van Gaal joined, there was strong speculation that the Belgian would be leaving the club, however things changed once the new manager finally found a use for him.
At the beginning of Van Gaal's first season, there were plenty of disappointing results, however, in the second half of the campaign Fellaini was gradually integrated into the starting line-up, and things were looking up for the Red Devils.
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It seemed perfect, Fellaini was the target man causing all sorts of trouble against various opposition, he was arguably the reason Man United had that last gasp push to get into the top four.
Teams couldn’t deal with the height and strength he offered to the side. So why is he so unpopular this season?
Well, it seems that long ball tactic has been figured out, and quite frankly, it’s making him look bad. Without this technique working, Fellaini is just on the receiving end of a hopeful pass which when it fails, he normally chases the ball and often ends up fouling the other player in frustration.
At the moment, it seems Fellaini starts so many games because it's just an easy option for the reds. They know that the Belgian offers height and strength, and that means there's always the option to kick it to him during set pieces. But it's difficult to see why a club like Man United are relying on him, his poor touch and aggressive nature is something that really lets him down.
Fellaini has frequently been picked in the starting line-up over Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata and Morgan Schneiderlin and fans have begun to wonder why.
When Fellaini was substituted for Mata at half-time against Southampton, there was a roar of applause, the fans clearly prefer the Spaniard, but there seems to be something Van Gaal sees in him that the rest of us don't.
Does he have a future at Old Trafford?
Having a player with Fellaini’s attributes is a useful option to have, but for a club like Manchester United, who should be looking to outclass the opposition, he doesn’t seem to fit into that philosophy.
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