Marouane Fellaini deserves a second chance at Manchester United after a less than successful first season at Old Trafford.
Fellaini started life at United after being bought from Everton for a reported $35.6 million (£27.5m) fee by then new manager David Moyes. The Belgian is on a contract until at least 2018, and he deserves at least another season to show Louis van Gaal what he can do.
Louis van Gaal is a completely different manager to David Moyes and this will have a profound effect on Fellaini. With the different style of football he plays, the big Belgian will be able to fit right into the center of midfield. From there he can play in the strikers and get forward to put his head on set-pieces as well as being equally comfortable sitting back and defending.
Van Gaal will not want Fellaini’s talent to go to waste. Currently he seems to be playing a weakened team – probably to show the board the need for spending – but after the transfer window is over, and when Fellaini gets back to fitness following an ankle injury, he should get straight into the squad.
If you look back at his time with Everton, you simply cannot call Fellaini a bad player. He made over 130 appearances on Merseyside and impressed in almost every one of those games. He will be able to return to his old form, he just needs time. Players often struggle in their first year at a new club and Fellaini is no different. Bear with him and he will work his magic again!
If van Gaal were to sell up, he wouldn’t get his money back on the player, so he might as well give Fellaini a chance and make his mind up after this season has finished.
He can’t be any worse than Tom Cleverly, surely.