Former United man linked with swift Premier League return; Fellaini’s future in doubt?

Marouane Fellaini

A select round-up of morning news relating to Manchester United

Phil Jones has admitted Manchester United are motivated by the dislike others have of them.

In an interview with the Guardian, the England international said, “People want us to fail because we have won the league so many times. United won the league long before I was here. Everyone hates the best clubs, it is as simple as that. We enjoy that. We relish the test we get thrown at us week in, week out.”

Jones certainly relished the challenge he faced last Sunday, as he put in an outstanding performance both in midfield and later in defence.

While Jones was excelling, Marouane Fellaini had to spend the majority of yet another match on the substitutes’ bench. And ESPN has run an interesting editorial discussing the Belgian’s early months at Old Trafford, along with his potential long-term fate.

There is no doubt he has had a disappointing start since his £27.5million summer move. But the piece questions how long the acclimatisation process will take, and whether United fans will ever see the player Moyes hoped he was signing back on transfer-deadline day, a dominant midfielder rather than the make-shift forward he had so often been employed as at Goodison Park.

And finally, former United Assistant Manager Rene Meulensteen is the latest name to be linked with the vacant Crystal Palace hot-seat.

The Mirror claims the Dutchman could use a clause in his contract to quit his current job at the Qatari FA in order to take over at the struggling London club.

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