The big Belgian has been a very public target for David Moyes at Old Trafford with the Reds having already seen two attempts to sign him turn out to be pointless.
That could be because of the complicated duel deal which has also tried to recruit Leighton Baines or it could be to do with the fact Everton don’t want to let one of their best players leave the club.
Either way it means any deal today is going to be difficult unless United put a huge wad of cash on the table which forces Everton’s hand and allows them to get the deal done quickly.
However, there is good evidence to suggest that Fellaini is not the player United should be chasing today and the theory behind bringing him in is flawed in several areas.
United were screaming out for a creative player in the middle of their side during the 1-0 defeat at Anfield yesterday, which makes it amazing just why Shinji Kagawa wasn’t even included in the match day squad.
In an attacking sense, Fellaini is used as more of a target man for Everton. The sort of player who can hold the ball up and bring others into the game. He’s also competent on the floor but his size and physical presence makes him a natural asset in the air.
The point is he doesn’t have the sophisticated passing and touch game similar to someone like Kagawa, which can make the difference in matches similar to the clash yesterday, where the middle of the pitch is completely overcrowded.
If United are buying him for attacking reasons then he may struggle with their style of football because you don’t see Manchester United using a target man too often.
There have also been several reports suggesting that Fellaini is a defensive midfield target for the club which is again flawed because that’s not the role he’s been playing for Everton over the last couple of seasons.
It’s very easy to see why he could be a very successful holding midfield player but that doesn’t enable him to cash in on his assets as a big, physical and aggressive attacking player.
It would be remarkable for Moyes, someone who brought Fellaini into English football, would try and change his game at such a critical, but early, point in Manchester United’s season.
All of the indications seem to be that United are looking to sign a ‘missing’ midfielder which is extremely unfair on Kagawa, a player that Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp once described as one of the best attacking midfielders he’s ever seen.
United do need to do some business today to strengthen as their rivals have strengthened but Fellaini may not be the best signing they could make, especially for the amount of cash it will take to get him.
What do you think? Is Fellaini unsuited to Manchester United?
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