Marouane Fellaini may not be one of the most skilful players in world football but he’s played with some of the best players to have ever played the game.
After being signed from Standard Liege in 2008, he enjoyed five seasons at Goodison Park with Everton before being signed by David Moyes when he took over at Manchester United in 2013.
Ryan Giggs has since admitted that the £27.5 million signing was probably a ‘panic-buy’ but the midfielder still remains at Old Trafford and has almost made 100 appearances for the club.
Since his arrival, United have suffered three underwhelming campaigns with Fellaini and his teammates now playing under three different permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Despite United’s struggles in recent years, there’s no doubt they have had some world-class players in their ranks with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney all trying to win United's 21st league title.
There's no doubt Fellaini has shared the dressing room with some quality players for both Everton and United, while he’s also represented Belgium during their ‘golden generation'.
The Red Devils have one of the most impressive squads in their history with Fellaini representing his country 73 times. So, who would Fellaini select in his ultimate XI of his teammates? It must be a tough choice but the 28-year-old did just that for the Fantasy Football Club.
Here it is:
GOALKEEPER: David de Gea
“He is a good goalkeeper, has a lot of ability, is good with his feet and his reflexes are very good. For me he is top five in the world and that's why I pick him.”
RIGHT-BACK: Antonio Valencia
“He is quick, has good feet, can cross and defend well. He is a very strong guy, powerful and he is very fast with good technique. In the dressing room he is quiet, his English is not perfect, but we can communicate and he is a very good person.”
CENTRE-BACK: Rio Ferdinand
“He has very good feet for a defender, can run and bring the ball out of defence, has good technique and is also very tough. He talks a lot and is a leader, which is very important.”
CENTRE-BACK: Sylvain Distin
“First, he is a very good defender, good at heading and can pass well, especially on his left. Off the pitch he is an amazing person, likes to laugh, to joke and create a good atmosphere in the dressing room which is good for the team.”
LEFT-BACK: Leighton Baines
“I played with him for five years. He has a good left-foot, good cross, can give 10-15 assists a year. He scores goals, runs a lot, he can defend, attack, very tough and is a very good person. When he is in good form he is difficult to stop.”
RIGHT MIDFIELD: Paul Pogba
“He has good ability with the ball, is strong, he runs a lot and covers the ground and can shoot, especially from distance. He dances all the time, he puts a good atmosphere into the team, plays music in the dressing room and is very important.”
CENTRE MIDFIELD: Wayne Rooney
“He has a lot of experience, has scored a lot of goals, left, right foot, head and he runs a lot. His spirit is good, always which is important in the team. As a captain he talks a lot to the players, but in this team there are a lot of talkers.”
LEFT MIDFIELD: Kevin De Bruyne
“I play with him in the national team. He has good vision, can shoot from distance, especially free-kicks, can give assists and also scores goals. He is a very good player.”
RIGHT WING: Ryan Giggs
“He had many years at Manchester United, I played with him in the last year of his career. With the ball he can do everything, shoot, assist and also for his experience as well. He is a good person who likes to talk and help out his team-mates.”
LEFT WING: Eden Hazard
“Everyone knows his qualities, he wants the ball every time and when he runs is dangerous. He can shoot and can do everything.”
STRIKER: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
“He is a good player, scores goals, OK at the moment he is not scoring a lot of goals but he will, so I pick Zlatan for his experience and at any moment he can score goals, left, right-foot, head and I don't know how he does it (bicycle kicks). He brings plenty of height, technique, good ability and he is very strong. For a defender he is difficult to go against. He is not the fastest, but can still take the ball in any position.”
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