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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was never good enough and is worth nowhere near £50m

Manchester United only turn to the big Belgian when they’re desperate - he should count his lucky stars instead of moaning

Marouane Fellaini should be counting his lucky stars that Manchester United want to keep him instead of moaning.

That is what most fans were doing on Sunday when they heard the club and player were close to reaching an agreement.

Marouane Fellaini scored the winner against Arsenal at the weekend

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Marouane Fellaini scored the winner against Arsenal at the weekend

Fellaini had just headed home an injury time winner against Arsenal when Jose Mourinho came out with the news.

A moment that will have added to the Belgian’s rather inflated sense of worth to the club.


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By the way, he was looking the other way when the ball hit his head in that dramatic late moment and you can tell he wasn’t really sure where it had gone.

Fellaini can leave the club as a free agent come the summer and seems smug at the thought that United will lose a transfer fee for not giving him a new deal when he wanted one last season.

Fellaini has been Jose Mourinho’s ‘Plan B’

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Fellaini has been Jose Mourinho’s ‘Plan B’

Mourinho wants Fellaini to stay

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Mourinho wants Fellaini to stay

Listen to this from him:

“It costs £50million minimum to buy a good new player. So the club knew they made a mistake with me.”

Yes a good player does cost at least that so I would half it and maybe half it again to get the 30-year-old Belgium midfielder’s value.

The United hierarchy are probably still baulking at the fact they paid £27.5million for him on summer deadline day back in 2013.

Since then he has made 97 starts, read that again, 97 starts for Manchester United, plus a further 58 as sub.

The sub appearances normally come when all rational hope is lost and they need to find the big man in the box – as they did on Sunday, as Louis van Gaal often did when the philosophy came apart once again.

To be fair to him he has never given up in the face of criticism from fans and pundits, even when boos have reigned down at Old Trafford.

His best game probably came in the Europa League Final as Jose Mourino bypassed Ajax’s high pressing game by, dare I say it, banging it up to the big man and using Marcus Rashford’s pace.

That worked, but it’s hardly the future.

Despite his efforts he simply was never good enough for a club like Manchester United.

The club’s hierarchy will have looked at the squad they were building last season and decided that it simply was not worth giving a pay rise to the player 12 months early – you can’t blame them for that.

A knee injury while on international duty in October undoubtedly hampered him this season.

But even when fully fit, would you pick him ahead of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera or the promising Scott McTominay who was given the Manager’s Player of The Year Trophy by Jose Mourinho on Wednesday night?


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Fellaini gets a talking to from Mourinho

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Fellaini gets a talking to from Mourinho

Fellaini has started four league games this season.

Yet he believes clubs will be kicking the door down to get his signature this summer.

If they do, there will clearly be a screw loose.


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