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Marouane Fellaini | Midfielder | #27

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 187

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A persistent knee problem is expected to keep Marouane Fellaini out for the remainder of 2017.
The Manchester United midfielder suffered a knee ligament [medial] strain while on international duty in October and spent a month on the sidelines. But, despite his return, Fellaini was still hampered by the problem and he hasn’t featured in the matchday squad since the win over Brighton in game week 13. He will now miss the entire festive programme and with his current deal due to expire in 2018, the 30-year-old may have played his last game for the club. Eric Bailly is another absentee after Jose Mourinho confirmed a decision has been taken for the defender to undergo ankle surgery. "I don’t say [he’s out] for the rest of the season, but it’s for the next two or three months." Fortunately, United are well-stocked in the heart of defence with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all able to play centrally. Dec 16 - 8:37 AM

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Marouane Fellaini has rejected a contract offer from Manchester United and is demanding a pay increase.

The Belgian midfielder has again reminded fans of his importance to José Mourinho's set-up in recent weeks with a string of decent performances in the absence of Paul Pogba. The chance of losing the player on a free next summer is sure to upset Mourinho who certainly won't sanction a sale to recoup a cut-price fee in the January transfer window. From the start of 2018, Fellaini would be free to agree a pre-contractual agreement with any club outside the PL. He turns 30 next week and wants a raise from a reported weekly wage of £120,000.
Source: The Guardian
Nov 16 - 9:54 AM

Manchester United dodged a bullet after the Belgian FA revealed Marouane Fellaini didn't suffer a significant injury.

Following initial reports, the club was concerned that Fellaini had suffered an ACL injury after leaving Belguim's win against Bosnia and Herzegovina's in a World Cup qualifier this weekend in the 30th minute. However, national team manager Roberto Martinez revealed that Fellaini has only suffered a sprained MCL and will miss the next two to three weeks. That means the Red Devils will be without the midfielder for the upcoming showdown with Liverpool with Ander Herrera considered as the next in line to replace him.
Source: ESPN FC
Oct 8 - 4:49 PM

Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out the Liverpool game but it could have been a lot worse for the 29-year-old.

Fellaini started in Belgium’s penultimate World Cup qualifying match [versus Bosnia] but lasted barely 23 minutes after landing awkwardly, hurting his knee. There were initial fears that he had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, potentially ending his season, but scan results have since confirmed that Fellaini could return later this month. The Belgium FA posted a Twitter update: ‘Fellaini is out for a couple of weeks & #BELCYP. Scan ➡ left knee injury (MCL sprain). Get well soon Marouane! #RoadtoRussia’. The news will come as welcome boost given the impact of the in-form midfielder this season, and in particular, since United will be without the services of Paul Pogba [hamstring] until later this year. With Michael Carrick currently sidelined, last season's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year - Ander Herrera - is likely to find himself at the forefront of Jose Mourinho’s thinking for the upcoming matches.
Oct 8 - 4:39 PM

Manchester United ensured a spot atop the-table standing entering the international break with a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Yet, surprisingly, it wasn't Romelu Lukaku who led the way for the Red Devils, although the forward added a late goal in the 86th minute to give him seven goals in his first seven games for the club. But was Marouane Fellaini who earned clear man-of-the-match honors with his two-goal performance. After Juan Mata scored the opener in just the third minute, Fellaini opened his account with a goal in the 35th minute, connecting on a curling pass from Ashley Young at the back-post. Then the Belgian added his second four minutes after the half-time recess by heading in a set-piece from Marcus Rashford, who added two assists on the afternoon.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 12:13 PM

Manchester United face CSKA Moscow in the VEB Arena on Wednesday evening but they will be without a number off important players.

Paul Pogba, who has been sidelined since United's last Champions League clash with Basel on September 12 will miss the encounter whilst club captain Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will also be absent. Manager José Mourinho said he believed Fellaini "was lucky" to come away with minimal damage to his ankle after a challenge by Shane Long on Saturday. The Belgian will return to action soon. Carrick's injury was not specified though the veteran was unlikely to feature in Russia anyway. Mourinho also confirmed that Phil Jones, who is eligible to play in Europe following a suspension, will not feature in this Champions League matchweek.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 27 - 11:07 AM

Manchester United comfortably beat FC Basel 3-0 in their first Champions League group game of this campaign.

United returned to Champions League football for the first time since 2015 under lights at Old Trafford, delivering a fine performance in the process. They started stronger than their Swiss opposition but suffered a setback after 19 minutes when Paul Pogba had to be taken off with an apparent hamstring injury (he left the stadium in crutches). His replacement Marouane Fellaini more than delivered in his absence, heading in United's first before half-time. The goal was set up by an Ashley Young cross. The Englishman's accuracy was exactly what United lacked at Stoke in GW4. Lukaku extended his purple patch by winning an aerial battle to finish a Blind cross and Rashford came off the bench to seal the result and scuff home a low cross from, who else? Fellaini. Mkhitaryan hit the post with one effort and should have opened his account for 2017/18 but he was not the only one guilty of wasting some of the many clear chances Mourinho's men created.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 12 - 8:38 PM

Jose Mourinho will give Marouane Fellaini every chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Champions League tie against FC Basel.

The big Belgian missed Saturdays 2-2 draw with Stoke after aggravating a calf injury while on international duty, a setback which irked the United boss. "He had a problem in the national team and then he played the match against Greece. After the match he felt a problem," said Mourinho who is keen to involve Fellaini on Tuesday evening. "He's a very important player for me, much more important than you can imagine. I feel weaker without him in my squad, it doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or if it's on the bench." Fellaini failed to train on Sunday but Mourinho insists "if his condition improves then he will be selected." Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling look set to start as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended. David De Gea will be included in the line-up following the managers decision not to rotate his goalkeepers in the cup this season.
Sep 11 - 3:28 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has no intention of selling Marouane Fellaini to Galatasaray, quipping the Turks are more likely to sign him than the Belgian.

Reports had suggested that Fellaini, who has just one year to run on his current United contract, was set to depart as Nemanja Matic arrived at the club. The Serb is expected to hoover up Fellaini's game time next term. In spite of the constant abuse from the stands, Fellaini has proven to be a match winner for the club since his arrival, scoring crucial goals in United's Europa League run last season. Fellaini reminded fans of his goal-scoring knack on Sunday, scoring in an excellent pre-season performance against Valerenga.
Jul 31 - 6:57 PM

Manchester United have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Europa League final with Ajax.

United duo Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, who were absent for the final game of the Premier League season with Crystal Palace, trained on Tuesday morning with the squad at Carrington before the team flew out to Stockholm. Victory in the final will see United qualify for the Champions League next season, and thus define José Mourinho's first year in charge at Old Trafford.
May 23 - 9:46 AM

Manchester United scraped through to the Europa League on Thursday night with a 2-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo.

All was going to plan for United when the sides walked in for the break, 1-0 up through a header from Marouane Fellaini off a Marcus Rashford cross. United were going through the motions until Celta suddenly drew level on the night in the 85th minute through Facundo Roncaglia who also scored a header. The red midst descended on Old Trafford minutes later, with both Eric Bailly and Celta's goalscorer sent off after a scuffle which involved the majority of the players on the pitch. However, in spite of a number of chances, Celta couldn't find the goal to put themselves ahead on the away goal rule, with a big chance going a-begging for John Guidetti with the final kick of the game.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 5:35 PM

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be suspended for his sides next three league matches.

The ban comes as a result of his deserved red card in the closing minutes of the Manchester derby on Thursday. 19 seconds after a poor tackle, the Belgian was involved in a clash of heads with City's Sergio Aguero after again tripping the Argentine. Fellaini is perhaps fortunate that the punishment was not extended by the Football Association beyond the standard three game ban for a straight red card offence, as he refused to leave the pitch for a period after the dismissal. He and his manager, Jose Mourinho, were indignant that Aguero had collapsed to the floor after their foreheads touched, believing the referee was conned. He will be absent for Sunday's clash with Swansea at Old Trafford and two trips to London to face Arsenal and Spurs.
Apr 28 - 1:09 PM

Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the 84th minute as Manchester United saw off an inspired Manchester City to draw 0-0 in an eventful Manchester derby.

Manchester City were the better club at the Etihad but Manchester United held firm, as Jose Mourinho's defensive game plan proved too much for the Citizen break. City twice hit the post in the first half, with Sergio Aguero hitting the right post from close-range before David de Gea touched an Aleksandar Kolarov strike against the left. While United came close to opening the scoring just before the break when Ander Herrera headed a Marcus Rashford free-kick wide, it was the closest the visitors would get to finding a goal. City dominated the second-half and seemed to be on the verge of a victory after Fellaini was sent off for a rash headbutt on Aguero. Gabriel Jesus then appeared to have headed home the winner injury-time, but a good eye by the linesman saw him rightfully signal that the striker was in an offside position. All things consider, United will be happy with a share of the points.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 27 - 5:35 PM

Manchester United are facing a potential midfield crisis when they take on West Brom at Old Trafford this weekend.

Marouane Fellaini becomes the latest addition to the United treatment room after he was released from the Belgium squad because of a "minor" toe complaint. The news follows quickly on the heels of Bastian Schweinsteiger who left for pastures new [MLS side Chicago Fire] last week, while Jose Mourinho’s men will definitely be without Ander Herrera due to suspension in game week 30. With Paul Pogba [hamstring] struggling, Wayne Rooney maybe called upon as a makeshift midfielder. The setback caps a miserable seven days for the club who lost Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to injury while Zlatan Ibrahimović is also serving a domestic ban. Fortunately, Jesse Lingard [ankle] and Henrikh Mkhitaryan [hamstring] appear to be over their recent problems with United facing a hectic month of Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League fixtures.
Mar 27 - 9:19 AM

Manchester United have opted to trigger a clause in Marouane Fellaini's contract to keep him at the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Fellaini signed in 2013 for £27.5 million from Everton to rejoin then United manager David Moyes. His original contract tied him down on a 4 year deal but United have now exercised their right to hold onto his services for an extra season. Fellaini's period at the club has been turbulent and he has received the ire of fans in the stands on multiple occasions, even this season. His EFL cup semi-final goal against Hull was celebrated joyously by manager Jose Mourinho this week and this has been one of a number of important interventions by the big Belgian in recent weeks since he cost United 2 points against Everton on December 4th by giving away a penalty. Mourinho has stated the importance of Fellaini to his plans at various times since arriving in the summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 13 - 2:41 PM