Post by GoonBurgerLarson on Apr 4, 2015 6:53:18 GMT
You really have to give it to Fellaini, he has worked hard, been professional and got through some very tough times. I am in agreement with most of you, I too didn't think he had much of a future here at the beginning of the season, let alone be a sure starter come April/May.
I have got say there is some truth to that, he and Memphis have received the majority of criticism this season, despite some players having bad seasons or games. We all know he's not the most skilled player, but when it comes to breaking a defence he has been useful.
If he's played to his strengths then there's no doubt he can be a very useful player in certain games. My biggest issue has been when he's been played in a 2 man midfield, a role which he doesn't possess the ability to play half as well as he needs to. Play him in a 3 man midfield with him further forward or have him at #10 and use his size then you see what he has to offer.
He has been used as the scapegoat too much in my opinion because he rarely has an absolute shocker when you actually look at the games he plays. He just doesn't possess the attributes you expect of a Manchester United midfielder, nor does he have the footballing brain.
So I do feel a little sorry for him as it's not his fault he's here. Moyes bought him in as a panic buy because he couldn't get anyone else and LVG has persisted in playing him in unsuitable setups this season, combined with the fact the team has played pretty bad on the whole.
I think people are harsh on Fellaini, but it's not his fault that he became the poster boy of the Moyes reign. Despite his obvious limitations in skill and pace he is great at providing some physical presence and clearing spaces which has been helpful when we have young players that are not used to the intensity of the PL or players like Mata that are not built for that sort of thing. I still don't know if we have a player that jumps higher than him... So yeah, he's still here and if Mourinho decided to keep him then I don't see a problem with that, because he's been useful on more than one occasion in the past seasons.
With Fellaini I always have the feeling that he was not loved by the general Red people,’ said Mourinho. ‘But if he plays like he’s playing now, they have to love him because he’s being so important for us.’