Ryan Giggs believes that Jose Mourinho has located an ideal replacement for the injured Paul Pogba in Marouane Fellaini.
Pogba enjoyed a scintillating start to the new campaign, netting two goals and two assists in his first four Premier League games, only to suffer a hamstring injury against FC Basel that looks set to keep him out for another month.
Fellaini was the man who replaced him against the Swiss champions and hasn’t looked back since, producing commanding performances alongside Nemanja Matic and taking his tally for this season to four goals (over to you, Lacazette).
And Giggs, reflecting on the 29-year-old’s impact this season, noted that he has seamlessly stepped into Pogba’s role over the last few weeks.
Fellaini will never be able to exert himself on a game in the same way as Pogba. The latter is an omnipresent force in any game, enjoying plenty of touches and threading the ball all over the pitch. Everything goes through him. Man United’s control over their opponents always stems from the class and touch of their £89m man.
The Belgian, on the other hand, adopts a different type of strategy. He can have periods where he does very little – and then, out of nowhere, bang. A sudden impact, usually in the form of a crashing header past a helpless keeper.
They are both impact players. They change games. How they go about it, however, is entirely different.