There is a reason Marouane Fellaini has not played like the flair player we know he is since signing for United.
His feet hurt.
Because of that the big man with the big hair has had to become adept at being a professional footballer using only his head and chest… and elbows.
That is adaptability.
Forget those claims that he has no touch, can only pass sideways and once hit a shot so far wide it hit Jose Mourinho in the dugout.
Reports today have cleared it all up; it is all down to the boots he is wearing.
It has come to light that the Man United man is suing his boot sponsors New Balance for £2 million for “causing considerable damage to his feet”.
It has also been suggested that the New Balance boots have hampered his performance on the pitch.
Yes, that’ll be it.
The 30-year-old has had to have each pair “steamed and stretched” by a United kit man before every game just to make them fit his size 12 feet.
Fellaini’s legal representative Rosalina Investments says “defective boots” had an “impact” on the midfielder’s performance and he has not enjoyed playing with them.
However, New Balance has come back with a strong response outlining a series of Whatsapp message between Fellaini and the company.
After the Belgian complained about the boots last year New Balance provided a bespoke pair to ease the issue.
A member of staff sent Fellaini a message in December asking if the new pair were “a good fit for you, better than the previous?”
Fellaini said: “Yeah.”
New Balance employee Ben Robson followed it up to confirm, he said: “Is the fit feel of the boots good?”
Fellaini again said he was happy with them: “Perfect for the boots.”
Rosalina Investment’s Ruth den Besten said: “Mr Fellaini repeatedly communicated his frustration with the poor quality of the boots.”
No word yet from other New Balance wearers such as Aaron Ramsey, Vincent Kompany or Samir Nasri.
We’re just glad to have got the bottom of the ‘Fellaini is no good with his feet’ rumours.