After having their advances for Cesc Farbregas rebuffed it’s no great shock to see David Moyes turn his attentions to Plan C Marouane Fellaini, but rather than settling for third best the Belgian could be just what Manchester United require in their quest to retain the title.
With the drawn out procession which has been United’s second summer pursuit of a Barcelona midfielder smashing against the buffers once more, rumours are rife that Moyes’ former Everton charge Fellaini is next on the wish list.
Although new Goodison Park boss Roberto Martinez denies any official approach at this point, a shrinking price of 4/6 at Ladbrokes would indicate it’s only a matter of time before Fellaini is wrestling a red shirt down over his distinctive mane.
If this deal does indeed come to fruition it will no doubt lead to cries from some quarters that United’s new boss has failed resoundingly to bring in a so-called marquee signing.
While there is no denying the slight embarrassment caused to the Red Devils in publically missing out on two of their primary targets, they should first consider what Fellaini can bring to the Old Trafford party.
Yes, a Thiago Alcantara or Fabregas holds more sex appeal, but when you consider the former chose to join a European Cup winning treble outfit Bayern Munich and Fabregas is simply opting to stay at the club he waited so long to join (who aren’t half-bad themselves), then the perceived shame gains a little perspective.
Whereas the aforementioned duo are formed from the same mould and could have provided the creativity in any midfield set-up, it’s arguable that either player would have further hindered the United career development of Shinji Kagawa.
The Japanese maestro was often thrust out wide in his debut season under Sir Alex Ferguson, but clearly operates more effectively by providing passes from behind the strikers. Fellaini’s arrival would mean Kagawa would be free to operate in that pocket while the Belgian and Michael Carrick could run the engine room.
Carrick’s eye for a pass combined with Fellaini’s trickery and combativeness can be the perfect solution to United’s midfield conundrum, while releasing Kagawa further to wreak havoc.
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