If ever there was a time Marouane Fellaini felt overwhelming support and acknowledgement for his true quality at Manchester United, it’s right now.
Social media has been awash with messages of goodwill in solidarity with the 29-year old who sustained knee ligament damage while on international duty against Bosnia-Herzegovina last Saturday.
The duration of the injury is yet to be established and the timing couldn’t have been worse, as the midfielder was on a fine run of form for both club and country.
This most recent setback further compounds the dilemma of which midfield combination to go for, as Jose Mourinho’s charges prepare to travel to Anfield this weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s man management of Fellaini has been second to none.
When every fan was venting their spleen, baying for blood last season after the midfielder came from the bench only to concede a costly penalty against Everton, Mourinho stuck by his soldier; not only offering a shoulder to cry on but also giving him another chance to redeem himself.
He may neither be the fastest nor the most skillful, but Marouane has always played the good soldier, using his height to full effect in frustrating opposing defenders and fulfilling his defensive duties.
Marouane Fellaini seems to have rediscovered his goal scoring form from his days as a Toffee; his recent exploits against Crystal Palace supporting this claim.
The Belgian scored a brace against the Eagles in another routine 4-0 rout by Manchester United right before the international break.
He is already on four goals in all competitions this season and will without question add to the tally upon return from injury. His absence against Liverpool will truly be missed.
Won over fans
He may not be a fan favorite like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial or Ander Herrera, but Marouane Fellaini has seemingly, if not assuredly won over the fans.
The faithful at Old Trafford have seen many greats adorn the red and black, and as such are not easily swayed. For Marouane however, their loyalty is finally his. Not all of it, but just enough to keep him going.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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