Dec 23

United midfielder faces lengthy spell on the sidelines

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:47 am

marouane-fellaini-manchester-united-crystal-palace-premier-league_3004759Not that anybody will feel his absence too much, but Marouane Fellaini is set to spend the next two months on the sidelines after United have announced that the Belgian midfielder underwent surgery on the wrist that has troubled him for weeks.

United’s deadline day signing has so far failed to impress in his first season at Old Trafford, playing in only eight Premier League games for United, only four of which were starts.

Fellaini, who last featured for United three weeks ago against Everton, had been playing with a protective cast after David Moyes lost Michael Carrick to injury but with Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones looking increasingly settled as midfield duo and Carrick edging closer to returning to action, he was given the green light to have surgery on his wrist to repair tendon damage.

The treatment rules the Belgian out for the whole of January with chances of him being fit for the end of February, when United face Olympiacos in the round of 16 of the Champions League, looking rather slim.

Dan


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3 Responses to “United midfielder faces lengthy spell on the sidelines”

  • I have to agree with author,Fellani won’t be missed.Which is sad to say,but very true.He has made very little impact in the first team.I was very glad when we signed him,despite the stuff-up regardng his fee.He seems as if he is unsure of what his role is and is quite frankly,a mile off the pace.His influence on matches have been piss-poor.Fellaini needs to get his head in the game or face a quick exit.Hopefully this time off will help himtocome back a better player.

  • Signing Fellaini was Moyes’ stupidest mistake this summer. Especially when you consider that if anyone should have been able to predict Ross Barkley’s potential it should have been David. Not to mention that he has been playing as a battering ram behind the striker for Everton while we needed a deep lying midfielder.

    The biggest problem is that while Carrick makes up for his lead footedness by his ability to pass the ball around, Fellaini is just plodding and in a two man central midfield he is dreadfully exposed. Plus it has emerged that Fellaini is incredibly shy and Moyes should have anticipated the difficulty he would face at a big club under the spotlight.

    But I think the fans are also to blame. In some ways Moyes’ desire to take stock of his current squad rather than rush into any signings made a lot of sense. This would explain his conservative approach of only targeting world class players who would definitely improve our squad. Had he not signed anyone this summer we would have been in a better position as then Moyes would have been better placed to sign players suited to our style of play.

    The initial bid of £27M for Fellaini and Baines was a relatively fair valuation. Fellaini is worth no more than £15M as he is at best a squad player. Baines at his age is also not worth much more than £12M. Once it was clear Everton weren’t going to play ball we should have let it go.

    If Moyes really felt the need to sign someone over the summer he should have followed through on the Thiago and Garay deals that had been set up for him. But he preferred to stick to his guns and did not feel he knew enough about the players to justify signing them.

    With Fellaini the mistake was threefold

    Firstly, paying well over the odds.

    Secondly, failing to consider how well Fellaini would fit into the Manchester United style of play and the risk involved in having to change his position from attacking midfield to defensive midfield

    Thirdly, leaving it so late in the season unsettling the player and making it that much more difficult to integrate him into the squad.

    • @colver: Very enlightened assessment. IMO,I believe you are spot on.

      The one concern I have with Moyes (apart from a lack of a hand-over), when you play against teams week-in, week-out, is it not expected of you to do research on the opposition players? As Everton manager for about a decade, and considering that United were always very prominent (in terms of league leaders/champions), I would have expected him to have done at least some research on the team in preparation to facing them. He came into the club not knowing jack about the players…not any players I might add, consistent champions. That is concerning. Apart from the fact that he wants to make changes to the squad (by own admission) without knowing what the squad can offer (or a true understanding of the culture of the club), my biggest concern is over how we prepare to play our opposition.

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