Marouane Fellaini must wonder where it all went wrong. Having signed from Everton in the summer for £27.5million, the Belgian’s full debut against Bayer Leverkusen suggested Manchester United had finally found a midfielder who would get his foot in, break up the play and allow those ahead of him to do what they do best.
But after that impressive performance against the Germans in the Champions League, it all went downhill.
Fellaini’s showings were soon the subject of much debate (and not in a good way), but it then got even worse when he first suffered a back injury and was later required to undergo wrist surgery.
His comeback was then delayed by a mild groin strain suffered in training, meaning that despite making the bench against Arsenal, the 26-year-old has not played since 4 December.
But despite that, he has received some excellent news from his international coach Marc Wilmots.
Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws, Wilmots said, “Why would I leave guys like Fellaini, Vermaelen , Chadli and Alderweireld at home if they are fit?
“For our opening match on 17 June in Brazil we have five weeks to prepare. That’s nearly as long as pre-season at a club.”
So despite not featuring much for United since his summer move, it seems Fellaini’s World Cup dream is still very much alive.
Now he will just be hoping to get back into Moyes’ first-team plans and starting showing the United faithful what he can do; although they may not see that in all its glory until the new campaign.
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