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Marouane Fellaini | Midfielder

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 187

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Marouane Fellaini hasn't played much under Louis Van Gaal due to injury and uncertainty of where he fits but he came on at halftime to score a crucial equalizer.
Manchester United's recent momentum was halted as they dropped two points against West Brom on Monday and looked poor in doing so. United may have controlled possession but Albion were more dangerous and Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino caught United's defense out of alignment on long balls on either side of halftime. Marouane Fellaini came on at halftime and did a nice job to convert a Angel Di Maria cross that still required the big Belgian to do some work to score. Daley Blind's 88th minute shot found it's way through multiple diving defenders to level the score but United couldn't mount a successful late rally and had to settle for a single point from a match that they would have expected to win. Oct 20 - 5:03 PM

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Marouane Fellaini is available for Louis Van Gaal after over a month on the injured list but even with a long list of walking wounded it isn't clear if the Belgian has a place for United.

The best bet for Fellaini will be deputizing while Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are still on the mend. The former Everton man's issue remains the same, he's never really found a spot where he fits in at United. His best position at Everton, the Tim Cahill role, will likely be filled by Juan Mata while Wayne Rooney is suspended. There is an opening farther back in midfield but Fellaini hasn't performed well when asked to play a slightly deeper-lying role. Given the injury crisis, if he can't find a spot now then it seems likely he never will.
Oct 3 - 3:04 PM

Marouane Fellaini joins Manchester United’s ever growing list of injured players as the Belgium midfielder is spotted leaving Bridgewater Hospital in the North West of England on crutches with his foot in a protective cast.

The injury reportedly occurred during a training session at Carrington on Monday although the full extent of the problem hasn’t been established. Sources in Belgium claim the ankle is not broken although there may be ligament damage; Fellaini will need a scan to confirm. The removable brace doesn’t necessarily indicate a significant issue as quite often this type of plastic cast will be applied as precaution to avoid any further complications; however the injury is likely to mean the midfielder will not move within this transfer window – Napoli had been touted as potential suitors of a loan deal before the end of August.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 20 - 8:13 AM

Marouane Fellaini may be on his way out but his parting shot may well have been to win United's final pre-season match at the death.

United fielded what appeared to be about half of a first team and half of a reserve team as they beat Valencia at Old Trafford. With word that Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind may be on the way supporters will take heart as United's squad looked a little thin - especially if Rafael, Nani, Chicharito, and Fellaini are on their way to pastures new. It's shaping up to be an interesting season for United.
Aug 12 - 8:26 PM

Reports in the Daily Mail indicated that Louis Van Gaal has told Marouane Fellaini, Rafael, Javier Hernandez, Nani, and Anderson that they have no future at Old Trafford.

It has been long rumored that LVG would be wielding the ax after he conducted his pre-season evaluations. His evaluations are now complete and four high profile players (and Anderson) will apparently be on their way. There have been sporadic rumors concerning all of these players but no moves appear imminent. Expect the majority to be elsewhere by September 1 though.
Aug 10 - 5:17 PM

Reports in multiple places indicate that Marouane Fellaini is likely to be playing for Napoli this coming season with the details of the transaction still to be resolved.

The trend in Italy is for clubs to acquire a new player on a year long loan with the purchase coming in a year's time. While there is a "house of cards" feel to that sort of arrangement from a financial health point of view the trend appears to have been growing among Serie A clubs. Whether Manchester United is willing to not only take a big hit on the price paid for Fellaini just last summer but also wait a year to receive the cash associated with that loss remains to be seen. Assuming that the clubs can agree, it appears that Fellaini is interested in making the switch. Not the proudest chapter in Manchester United's storied history.
Jul 31 - 10:43 AM

Manchester United have signed Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera to a four year deal for a transfer fee of £29 million.

The Spaniard has allegedly been courted by United going back to last summer when David Moyes was steering the ship. They now have their man as Herrera had to buy out the remainder of his contract in order to complete the deal. It remains to be seen how quickly he can crack the regular XI but the hope for United is that he will be nailed on in their midfield in due time. The pocketbooks are open at Old Trafford as another £30 million has been spent to acquire the services of Luke Shaw.
Jun 26 - 4:22 PM

The Manchester United rumor mill is in high gear today with word that Marouane Fellaini is available at a massive loss while reporting links to Alexis Sanchez, Kevin Strootman, and Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The first part of the rumor - Fellaini potentially being sold for a £10m+ discount over the fee United paid to acquire him last summer - seems unsubstantiated but at the same time inevitable. It is hard to picture Louis van Gaal finding a way to successfully integrate the big Belgian who was overpriced at £27m last summer. The embarrassment of the sale would quickly fade if more than one of the suggested inbound names were to arrive however. Strootman has been a consistent name linked to United and van Gaal while Sanchez and Konoplyanka are both rumored to be available. All three would represent excellent acquisitions for United.
Jun 9 - 2:09 PM

Reports out of Manchester indicate that United may look to cut their losses quickly by selling last summer's major acquisition, Marouane Fellaini, for around £15m this summer.

Such a sale would be a shocking (but probably wise) admission that Fellaini was always going to be a poor fit at United. In taking a loss in excess of £10m for a player who should still be in his prime won't be easy to swallow for CEO Ed Woodward who came under harsh criticism last summer for his ineffectiveness in the transfer market. The rumor goes on to mention Everton's James McCarthy as a potential replacement and Tom Cleverley possibly going to the Toffees for McCarthy. Hardly an inspiring set of proposed transactions if you're a United supporter.
May 23 - 9:41 AM

Marouane Fellaini has recovered and will be fit to face former club Everton in Week 35.

Marouane Fellaini has made a recent bid to salvage a rough first season at Manchester United and he will relish the chance to shine against his former club this weekend. Coming off a calf injury, the big Belgian and his manager will be looking to make good in a season that has seen their former club best their current club in the standings. Fellaini still isn't a great fantasy bet but at least he's getting closer to being the player that United thought it was paying all that money for.
Apr 18 - 9:29 PM

Marouane Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch as his side crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to rivals Manchester City.

Fellaini pushed an elbow in to Pabolo Zabaleta's face during the first half and escaped with a yellow card when it could've been red. The midfielder - who cost Manchester United £28million in the summer - was poor again, and found himself substituted with twenty five minutes to go. It summed up the performance from David Moyes' side, as they were second best all over the pitch.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 25 - 6:00 PM

Marouane Fellaini joins more celebrated teammates Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in returning to training in advance of United's Week 23 match-up with Cardiff.

While Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are guaranteed starters when healthy, Marouane Fellaini returns from injury still looking to resolve his thus-far enigmatic time at United. The big-haired Belgian was United's only major summer purchase but has thus far failed to find a productive role for David Moyes' Red Devils. Most effective in the "Tim Cahill" role behind the forwards, Fellaini finds that role taken by a variety of candidates including Wayne Rooney who he isn't going to unseat. Fellaini has failed to make a mark at his other position - holding midfielder - when given a chance this season. Hard to see this one ending well for either club or player right now.
Source: @Physioroom
Jan 27 - 3:07 PM

Marouane Fellaini, out since mid-December after having wrist surgery, will get his cast off today and might be back in late January rather than the projected early February time frame.

Health has only been part of the issue for the big Belgian this season. When he has been healthy he has had trouble finding a role in the Manchester United squad where he can be productive. With the news that he will be back in good health soon Fellaini will restart his efforts to regain the productivity that he had at Everton under David Moyes.
Jan 20 - 3:16 PM

Marouane Fellaini needs surgery on his wrist, and a recent back injury may be all the excuse that Manchester United needs to get it done sooner rather than later.

Fellaini has had a terrible start to his United tenure and now faces up to six weeks out. Phil Jones will likely have to continue to fill the role of midfield enforcer for the Red Devils for the foreseeable future.
Source: The Guardian
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 02:50:00 AM

With Michael Carrick out through most of December, Marouane Fellaini may get a chance to settle in to the United side.

While the big/big-haired Belgian is nursing a wrist injury, it seems very likely that he'll play through it and start in the absence of Phil Jones and Michael Carrick. The hope around Old Trafford will be that he can establish himself and create a role that he is comfortable with. From a fantasy standpoint, Fellaini is still not an attractive option despite increased likelihood of playing. His role will likely be deeper-lying and he'll be much more likely to get a card in any given week than score a goal. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 03:11:00 PM