Talks with the Belgian have been ongoing for almost a year, with the midfielder rejecting several offers from the club – the first of which came last September – before eventually agreeing on extending his future at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old, who only managed four starts in seven months last season, has irked supporters by claiming he was in a “strong position” in talks and entering talks with a number of other clubs in an attempt to get a better offer.
But after months of speculation and a prolonged period where it seemed as if his time at the club as over after five years, Man United announced on Friday afternoon that Fellaini had agreed a new two year contract.
Marouane Fellaini has signed a new #MUFC contract which runs until June 2020, with the option to extend for a further year.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 29, 2018
We cannot blame Fellaini for wanting a good deal. His manager wants him and, at the age of 30, this will be his last big contract. United, it should be known, have a policy of only handing rolling one year contracts to players aged 30 or above.
He has worked towards getting the best deal, which is fine, I guess. Anybody would do that. The disgraceful aspect of this whole ordeal, rather, is the way United – a club that once booted out players like David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy – have allowed Fellaini to dictate play at every turn.
They have allowed for this to rumble on aimlessly, allowed Fellaini to speak about his “strong position” in public, allowed him to talk with Arsenal and AC Milan. There could have been a point where they put their foot down – possibly on the eve of the World Cup – and given him an ultimatum: either sign this now or forget it.
In the end, Fellaini has gotten what he wanted, supporters are disgruntled, the club looks weak, and United probably aren’t going to add any further reinforcements to their midfield this summer.