But even with David Moyes having assumed the reins at Old Trafford, and the Belgian keen on an exit from Goodison, no progress has been made on bringing him to the club.
That's because United have been pre-occupied with trying to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, a race in which they appear to have relinquished control of to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich who are now in pole position to snap him up.
It would be a major blow for United, as for Guardiola said himself there are few players if any on the market who can compared to Thiago.
United fans had been positively salivating over the prospect of a midfield trio of Thiago, Carrick, and Kagawa, a trio who could have become a force to be reckoned with.
If that had been the vision for David Moyes, the question is how much so he is willing to re-adjust that when looking at alternatives.
Is Marouane Fellaini a viable alternative?
As we originally stated, the Belgian is available at a high price and would add a physical presence to United's midfield they have often been lacking, but he could not be more different from Thiago.
While both are central midfielders, they two cannot really be compared as like for like as their playing styles are so different.
So for United to suddenly jump from targeting one to another may not be the most logical solution, but if they want a fresh face to inject increased competitiveness to their midfield then for sure Fellaini could provide that.
But if they want to sign a player who could replicate what Thiago could do, Fellaini is not that man.
Whether there is anybody who can is a very good question. And rather than end up with a Thiago-lite, Moyes may well want to reconsider his whole plans. And that's where Fellaini may just come back onto his radar.
United fans would you take Fellaini as a Thiago alternative, if not then who?
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