Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was an unused substitute in the side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, with manager Louis van Gaal instead looking to Memphis Depay for some attacking reinforcement in the stalemate. Fellaini has often been used as an impact substitute due to his aerial presence, but such magic shown last season looks to have worn off in 2015/16, and his time at the club is fast running out.
The Belgian international is around six foot four, and is proficient with the ball in the air. He can chest the ball down dead or win a header for his side. Last season he contributed to a number of goals due to his presence in the area, but has yet to have the same effect, scoring and creating just one goal in 13 appearances for the Red Devils. United are less wasteful on the ball this campaign and are much more patient carving out scoring opportunities.
Fellaini hardly starts for Manchester United, and is expected to be one of the players let go at the nearest available opportunity. When he’s on the pitch, United abandon their possession-based philosophy and look for the midfielder from deep. Hardly attractive football, but it has yielded goals in the past. The problem is that the side are slowly trying to move on without him, but his potential destination is unkown.
He doesn’t really fit manager Louis van Gaal‘s philosophy, nor does he provide little else than an aerial threat in games. Fellaini did enjoy an impressive run of form for a small period last season, but has reverted back to the expendable player he’s largely been during his time at Old Trafford. The Belgian still has three years left on his current deal, so a failure to garner interest could see United stuck with him for some time.
Reports have suggested United have rejected the idea of a new deal for Marouane Fellaini, and his national team manager has called for the player to move on from Old Trafford to boost his chances of being a regular for Belgium again. It would be a major surprise to see the midfielder with the Red Devils past next summer, but there aren’t a lot of suitors lining up to sign him.
Fellaini does have very particular strengths, and is on a lot of money at United who will still want adequate compensation for his services. The Belgian could be an expensive acquisition for another club, but the Red Devils reportedly want him out the door sooner rather than later so they can save some money.