Having led for so long in last night’s Champions League group stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United’s 1-1 draw may be a disappointing result for some. But given the history of English clubs travelling to the Ukraine – and United’s perfectly average performance – David Moyes will surely be happy with the point.
One player who had a mixed night was Marouane Fellaini, who somehow managed to look both good and bad at the same time.
There is no question that when he was on the field he failed to dictate the play, often gave the ball away and was a foul waiting to happen. And yet he set up Danny Welbeck’s goal with some impressive play, and his departure ultimately led to Shakhtar’s equaliser.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Fellaini has hinted that his future may be as a centre-back.
“Centre-back was a good position for me because I am tall and good in the air, but I can also pass the ball,” he said. “Maybe it’s a position for me in the future.”
Having already revealed that he is fighting for his future at United, the play-maker will reportedly seek a move away if he fails to establish himself in Moyes’ first-team plans by Christmas.
And finally, United almost left for last night’s match without goal-scorer Welbeck and Chris Smalling.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the club coach left believing everyone was on board. And it was only when a panicked Smalling text his teammates that it returned to pick up two of the players who ultimately started last night’s match.
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