Marouane Fellaini to China: The Belgian footballer has been facing a lack of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Until December last year, Marouane Fellaini was one of the most important squad players for Manchester United. He was deemed the ‘Plan B’ under Jose Mourinho, the former manager of the side.
However, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed the interim manager at the club, Fellaini has largely been absent from the first-team action.
He made his only appearance for Manchester United in the FA Cup third round against Reading under Solskjaer. Justifiably, the speculations over his departure have considerably increased this month.
Sky Sports’ Jim White earlier stated that Fellaini is not in Solskjaer’s plans and the midfielder is set to leave Old Trafford. And now, BBC’s Simon Stone has reported that Manchester United is in talks with a Chinese club for a potential transfer of the Belgian footballer.
Marouane Fellaini to China:
Fellaini joined the club in the summer of 2013 and has since been an integral part of United’s first-team squad.
He was used as a squad player under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho but found himself out of favour after the arrival of Solskjaer.
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) January 29, 2019
.@ManUtd in talks with an unnamed Chinese club over the sale of Marouane Fellaini
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 29, 2019
United are in talks with a Chinese club over potential Fellaini move. Chinese transfer deadline not until Feb 28 #mufc
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) January 29, 2019
The Norwegian’s fast-paced, attacking football left Fellaini a misfit for the style.
He has only played 31 minutes of football across two games for Manchester United under the Norwegian interim manager. The midfielder suffered a calf injury ahead of the game against Tottenham earlier this month and has been on the sidelines since.
While Simon Stone didn’t name the Chinese club, Belgian newspaper La Libre has revealed that Fellaini has an agreement with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng over a permanent transfer.
The problem with Fellaini (and it’s slightly harsh as it’s not his fault), to me he marked the beginning of a terrible era at Utd starting under Moyes. He also suits a brand of football I don’t like. But he has scored some big goals and contributed more than plenty to his credit.
— Hayles (@Hayles_101) January 29, 2019
— utdreport (@utdreport) January 29, 2019
Wonder where United would be if some players, manager, exec and owners had shown the same levels of professionalism that Fellaini has over the last few years.
— Ste.A (@sarm0161) January 29, 2019
Fellaini will join his fellow Belgian teammate Yannick Carrasco if the move takes place, who also plays in China.
During his time at Manchester United, Fellaini won a FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League title. He signed a new two-year contract with the club at the beginning of the current season when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club.