Steve Nicol explains why Marouane Fellaini will be important for Manchester United this season

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool defender has heaped praise on Marouane Fellaini‘s start to the season at Manchester United, noting that the Belgian, whilst not aesthetically pleasing in his style, always makes a difference.

The Belgian begun the campaign with a game-changing cameo against Real Madrid and claimed his first goal of the season during a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

And he has been an invaluable asset ever since Paul Pogba’s injury, clocking a goal and assist against FC Basel and impressing on his first Premier League start of the season against Everton.

Speaking earlier this week, Nicol noted that Mourinho is lucky to have somebody with such a natural propensity to change games.

“If you’re looking for an aesthetic, stylish football player, then you’re not looking at Marouane Fellaini,” he said.

“If you’re looking for a guy that actually makes a difference when he’s on the field, then you are looking at Marouane Fellaini.

“There’s been so much talk about how he doesn’t look like a football player that everybody just thinks that automatically now, but don’t kid yourself. This guy plays in a Belgium side that is chock full of talent and he can play in that system.

“So don’t tell me he’s not a good football player.”

One of the most important traits to Fellaini’s game is his adaptability. He has, on top of always featuring for a Belgian side boasting plenty of talent, always figured in the plans of all three United managers since his arrival back in September 2013.

In some way or another, managers have found him to be useful – capable of offering something different and less predictable. He is entering his 11th season in the Premier League and opponents still don’t really know how best to deal with him.

Supporters may still harbour an agenda towards Fellaini, but make no mistake: no Premier League midfielder or defender will enjoy going up against the 29-year-old in his current form.

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