Tactical analysis of how David Moyes can use Marouane Fellaini
After David Moyes took over the reigns at Old Trafford from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, it was told to him by the club owners and the board members that, unlike the situation at Everton, he could go for any player he wanted to sign in the summer irrespective of their price. It was clear, the club wanted to gift a marquee signing to their new manager.
As a result, United made all the right noises which included the ambitious pursuits of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, toying with the idea of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo, trying to hijack Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid, and also looking at the possibility of moving for Robert Lewandowski. All the attempts however, hit a roadblock somewhere or the other.
As the transfer window shut close at 11 pm on September 2, it was only Marouane Fellaini from Everton, who finally managed to sneak through the door at Old Trafford, to put an end to a dismal transfer period for Manchester United.
And although United fans are still fretting over the various possibilities of what could have been, coupled with the shock transfer of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, they should be more than happy to move on as Fellaini still seems to be the need of the hour in United’s midfield engine room.
In fact, no United fan needs an introduction to the afro-sporting Belgian after having been at the receiving end on more than a few occasions from the powerful midfielder – the winner that he scored for Everton against United on the opening day of last season, and also the volley that he scored in that infamous 4-4 draw at Old Trafford towards the end of the 2012 season that eventually cost United the title. Those moments will ring loud in the memories of United fans.
Its his goal scoring ability and versatility, coupled with his combative nature of play in midfield, that makes him a perfect man to plug that gap in the United midfield that has been quite evident for a couple of years now.
A tall, powerful, and versatile midfielder, who can be used as a holding player, in a box-to-box role or in a false 9 position behind the main striker, would offer a number of tactical options to David Moyes, who himself had used Fellaini in all these positions to great effect at Everton.