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Marouane Fellaini is a player who has come under constant scrutiny since his move to Manchester United from Everton back in 2013.

He was brought to Old Trafford by none other than his former Everton boss David Moyes.

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Fellaini was one of two signings during Moyes’ reign, the other Juan Mata, with the Spaniard arriving in January. Moyes found himself up against it from the opening transfer window, key targets going astray.

Thiago Alcantara joined Bayern Munich, Cesc Fabregas remained at Barcelona, Willian joined Chelsea, Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal and Christian Eriksen joined Tottenham.

Earlier this season, United legend Ryan Giggs, a former teammate and coach of Fellaini, described his arrival as “more of a panic” in the Daily Telegraph. Despite the sacking of Moyes, new boss Louis van Gaal insisted on using the Belgian international on a consistent basis, quite often to the frustration of United supporters.

At the back end of last season he was under constant fire for the use of his elbows in physical battles, karma would come back at Fellaini when he was handed a three-match ban for elbowing Leicester City’s Robert Huth.

The 2016/17 season presented Fellaini with another chance, Jose Mourinho handed the reigns of the Premier League giants following the sacking of van Gaal. Once again he has become a regular feature in the plans of the individual in the Old Trafford hot seat.

What are the reasons for United to move him on?

No matter the role he has played during his time at Old Trafford he has come under fire from not just fans but United former players:

“It’s just rubbish from Fellaini. It’s obvious – as soon as you commit yourself in the box you’re in danger of giving a penalty away. It’s garbage from him,” Gary Neville said on Sky Sports after he conceded a late penalty against Everton earlier this season.

Ultimately there is nothing worst for a player than having their own supporters turn on them and Fellaini experienced this earlier in the season when he was booed following his introduction at Old Trafford. This type of behaviour from supporters is not suitable by any means, as a player lacking confidence needs as much positive energy around them as possible.

When he arrived on the scene at the Theatre of Dreams, United were calling out for a deep-lying playmaker to fill the void of Paul Scholes, a role by no means a simple task. He began this season alongside summer signing Paul Pogba in a deep lying midfield position, this move simply did not allow the Frenchmen to produce his best football.

Since Michael Carrick’s return to the starting line-up on a consistent basis United look a different side, Ander Herrera has taken his game to another level even showing his ability to play the defensive midfield position in the weekend’s victory of Middlesbrough.

What is more confusing is the fact he has been selected ahead of the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, two players who made their names in that deep lying position.

The aforementioned pair now appear to be on their way out of the club, while the Belgian appears set to stay. With opportunities to continue to be presented Fellaini looks set to be in Mourinho’s plans for at least the foreseeable future.

As Giggs said, Fellaini’s signing was made in a moment of panic, a decision which could prove to be magnificent or simply a disaster. While he can bring x-factor to the Manchester United side, it is a move the club wish they could probably have done over.

What personal benefit could a move away have?

Away from the United system, what could a move away from the club do for the man himself? At 29 years of age it is probably fair to say his best years are beyond him, but he could still have a major role to play for any club.

What many tend to forget is how Fellaini made his name in the Premier League, crashing into the box before meeting the ball with his head. Former Everton teammate Leon Osman called for Fellaini to be used in this vein at United earlier this season.

“When he played for us, you wanted him as far away from our box as possible. Get him up causing havoc in around the opposition penalty area where he was really good,” he told Sky Sports.

His best return came in the 2012/13 season prior to joining United where he scored 12 goals from 36 appearances across all competitions.

A possible move away from United would allow Fellaini to move to a club where he can play an advanced position, getting back to that type of form he produced at the Toffees. Despite being in the latter stages of his 20’s, he still has time on his side to make an impact elsewhere.

His goalscoring threat for a midfielder is ultimately second to none if he is playing with confidence. The key word CONFIDENCE, that has ultimately been taken away from his during his time with the Red Devils, and to bring it back he simply needs to pursue other career opportunities.

The final verdict

Football is a big business where no one likes to admit they got it wrong but in this case it is time for United to admit they did. In either this transfer window or the next as they look to take their squad to the next level Fellaini must be sold in a bid to do exactly that.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Brayden May, Twitter: @Braydenmay
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