The 26-year-old Belgian midfielder arrived at Old Trafford from Everton this summer to reunite with his boss David Moyes at Old Trafford. The champions paid £27.5 million for the privilege of bringing in one of the Toffees best players and one of the best players in the league, as he was last term.
However, since his (and Moyes’) arrival at Old Trafford little has gone the former Everton pair’s way – neither the new boss or the new signing has been able to catch much of a break. In Moyes’ case, he has won 6 Premier League games, drawn four and lost four since taking charge of the reigning champions from Sir Alex Ferguson. That form sees the Red Devils sit 9th place on 22 points after 14 games.
Fellaini, however, has been on the winning side in the Premier League just 3 times in total and on every occasion he was a second-half substitute. The Red Devils have yet to win a game the Belgian has started and, apart from that concerning matter, his performances have ranged from poor to average.
In my estimation, it’s perhaps a confidence issue as is so often the case when top players who have proven their quality previously sudden become dysfunctional. I would, furthermore, assert my belief that the entire United team, possibly with the exception of Wayne Rooney, are suffering and have suffered a decline in their confidence since Ferguson’s departure.
They do not look like champions – against Everton on Wednesday evening, in front of the home crowd, they did not look like players who won the title in spectacular fashion last season, they looked like a mid-table team with Champions League aspirations which, at present, is exactly the position they find themselves in.
Should United be worried about Fellaini? Only time will tell whether he recovers his confidence and shrugs off the pressure of that price tag and the expectation to perform at a club as popular and successful as Manchester United. In fact, I would actually say United should be less worried about Fellaini and less demanding of the man (or men) who have just arrived.
They need time and patience but, crucially, there must be serious concerns over the rest of the team and squad. These players won the championship last season and, for whatever reason and regardless of the circumstances now, they are not giving one hundred per cent. With the exception of Rooney and young Adnan Januzaj, this team and these players have been poor – unjustifiably poor.
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