Football really is a funny old game. Marouane Fellaini has been pivotal to the early success Jose Mourinho has had so far at the helm of Manchester United, yet most of the Old Trafford faithful were calling for him to be sold not so long ago.
The player has rescued his career in Manchester after having the unwanted tag of being signed by David Moyes, and has been harshly treated by a large section of Manchester United fans ever since.
Under the reign of Louis Van Gaal, it was more of the same for the Belgian as he struggled to adapt to playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, often playing in various positions.
Fellaini has knuckled down this season, and the early indications suggest he is a main player in Jose Mourinho’s plans, and has slotted in nicely alongside world record signing Paul Pogba, possibly letting his teammate take the plaudits while he goes about his own business.
Speaking ahead of this weekends massive Manchester derby, or Pep vs. Jose as some call are calling it, the midfielder spoke of his hopes for the game, as reported in The Sun.
“It will be a war, with a lot of intensity.”
“I expect it will be a beautiful match in a special atmosphere. I do not dare speak out about who will win. It’s really 50-50.”
Mourinho urged the Old Trafford faithful to forget the past and back the under-fire Belgian.
Fellaini is brimming with confidence from his managers comments. After signing for the club in 2014, United fans are finally seeing the best of the ex-Everton player, who sits in front of the defence allowing Pogba a more attacking reign. His presence in the midfield will be vital if Manchester United are to overcome their old enemy on Saturday afternoon.
“It gives pleasure to hear that.”
If a coach says something about you, you do the maximum for him on the field.
“I’m also happy with my position. It’s my old position — and my best. I’m glad I get there finally.”
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena