Following his £27.5 Million move from Everton, Marouane Fellaini has had an extremely tough start to life at Manchester United. Brought in by David Moyes, the Belgian struggled to settle in at Old Trafford, and now could be shown the door by Louis Van Gaal.
He only made 16 appearances for the Red Devils last season, failing to score any goals. However, for Everton the year before he managed 31 games and scored 11 goals for them. It was partly his heading ability that attracted United, scoring 5 headers and winning 60% of his aerial duels when at Everton. However for Manchester United he failed to score a single goal, let alone a header. His aerial percentage went down aswell, decreasing to 52%. His shot accuracy also went down from his time at Everton, going from 54% to 44%. As a whole, he was a passenger for United at times last season, only creating an abysmal 5 chances throughout the whole season. The year before he managed 40 chances with Everton.
His general play was nothing short of dreadful at Old Trafford, and he looked nervous throughout every game during the whole season. It looked as if he never settled at Manchester United, and that he was severely out of place. Perhaps he was out of place, it’s a huge step up from being the star man at Everton to being one of many top class players at Manchester United. However, it was still ultimately very disappointing to see how he made absolutely no impact on what was a horrific season for Moyes’ team.
One of the main problems that Manchester United had with Fellaini was where to play him, David Moyes never knew whether to play him as a holding midfielder, a central midfielder or playing behind the striker. He looked uncomfortable playing in all three last season, and many questioned if David Moyes had considered where he would have fitted in to United’s new system before buying him. It looked as if he considered only how well he did at Everton, who played a different system completely.
Fellaini is clearly a talented player, he has shown time and time again in his career for both Everton and Belgium that he does possess fantastic ability, but he could never transfer this to the big stage of Old Trafford. It seemed as though Fellaini let the big move get the better of him, and he let his huge price tag get the better of him.
He was soon the subject of fan hatred, getting jeered whenever he touched the ball towards the end of the season. Their near on £30 Million signing had let them down hugely, and they let their feelings well known to the midfielder. Everything he touched went wrong, and he turned out to be a player playing with absolutely no confidence at all. It looked like he would never fulfil to what he always promised to be, and that he would ultimately leave in the summer.
as we now close in on the final weekend of the transfer window, it looks increasingly unlikely that Fellaini will be leaving Old Trafford. This could however be a blessing in disguise for Manchester United. It may be the chance for him to show everyone that last season was a one off, and that he is the player that was so impressive for Everton and the Belgium national side.
If Fellaini does stay at Manchester United, the key things that he has to do is to put that extra effort in, to put in 110% in to earn his place in the team. After having such a shocking season, it’s always so easy for players to accept defeat and lose their place in the team. But the 26 year old has a lot of pride and respect to win back, he’s got a lot to prove. If he can have a strong season for Manchester United, he’ll no doubt be forgiven for his awful debut season.