Time for Marouane Fellaini to perform as Manchester United prepare for Champions League

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A series of injuries at Old Trafford means that the summer signing must now fight to make the central midfield position his own and lead United in the Champions League.

If ever there was a time for Marouane Fellaini to step up his game for Manchester United then the time is now.

The former Everton Midfielder who joined his old manager David Moyes at United in the summer has been something of a disappointment of late and despite taking a few knocks he has yet to establish himself at Old Trafford which is just not good enough for a player costing over £26m.

The Red Devils travelled to Spain today as they prepare to face Real Sociadad in their Champions League group match and United know that a win will give them the three points that will see them qualify for the knockout stages with two games to spare.

Such is United’s unbeaten start to life in the Champions League this year, Moyes and his team can afford to feel a little more relaxed about the competition than say the Premier League where things haven’t exactly gone as expected.

For Fellaini the chance to move from benchwarmer to first team regular has been boosted by the news that both Michael Carrick and Phil Joes haven’t travelled with the team following injury.

Another reason for Fellaini to step up is that Tom Cleverly who has received much criticism this term has also been carrying as knock and as he is likely to be Fellaini’s midfield partner, the Belgian simply must put in a performance.

As we all know, football is a results industry and despite what many are calling a poor start, United are undefeated in seven games an d a win on Tuesday will take that run to eight games which is a nice place to be before you host the league leaders, (Arsenal) on Sunday.

I for one think that the Belgian international is a great player and that he needs time to gel with the team and get some match practice under his belt, especially before such a big league game, 90 minutes should do him the world of good and if he contributed to a winning performance then the spirits around Old Trafford will continue to rise.

For me Fellaini is a worthy starter over both Jones and Cleverly and if he gets it right then a partnership of him and Michael Carrick could form the spine of a dangerous side which can compete in all competitions, failure to perform and the already mounting pressure of Moyes and his spending could grow.

United fans, what do you think, does Marouane Fellaini need to step up his performance and cement a starting place in the squad?

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