Manchester United Transfers: Should Marouane Fellaini Be The Top Target?
Everton soccer player Marouane Fellaini (Photo: Reuters)
It has been an unusual summer for Manchester United. Not only is the footballing world still getting used to the sight of a new manager sat in the dugout, but the lack of activity with regards to transfers has been a cause for concern amongst fans.
As well as the will for the club to strengthen the squad, the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson has left many fans feeling the need for a marquee signing. Rumours of a Ronaldo return have been hopeful at best, whilst the clubs public pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas seems to have come up short. The Catalan clubs rather exciting Thiago has also publically stated that United never made an approach to him before he joined Bayern, despite persistent rumours.
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The likes of Luka Modric, Ilkay Gundogan and now Mesut Ozil have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but is it time United fans accepted that, in order to prevent entering September with no new signings whatsoever, Marouane Fellaini may be the clubs best hope?
The Everton man has been rumoured to follow David Moyes ever since the Scot took the managerial job, along with left-back Leighton Baines. This hasn't gone down particularly well with many fans. He's not good enough. He's dirty. I don't like his hair etc.
But in all honesty, he could just be what United need and would reflect the clubs history of signing established Premiership players, and integrating them into a title-winning side (see Carrick, Valencia, Ferdinand).
He's strong, can tackle and, despite his preference to sit deeper in midfield, he can score goals. But most importantly, whenever teams come up against the Belgian international they are forced to change the way they play in order to accommodate the threat he poses. That's something that would really strengthen any side.
His dominance in the air will give United an advantage in both attacking and defending set-pieces, the latter of which can sometimes be the reason for their undoing.
He may not be the world class star that many had hoped would soften the blow of Sir Alex leaving, but he would be an improvement on a currently thin-midfield. Frankly, without Michael Carrick playing it is very easy for United to be overrun by even the lesser teams in the division. Cleverley has injury problems, and let's not even get into Anderson.
It is very difficult to see United competing in Europe without a quality midfielder, and it's very possible that the search for a world class central player could take the focus of a much more realistic target, which should worry Man Utd fans more than anything.
Various rumours claim that Fellaini could join as soon as next week and, if they come to be true, United fans should count themselves grateful that they haven't ended David Moyes' first transfer window empty handed.