Manchester United midfielder Maroaune Fellaini may find it hard to follow through with his plans to prove himself if new faces arrive this summer.
“For people not to forget me we have to win a trophy.”
Those were the words of Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini in a recent interview with the Telegraph, and yet the talk of proving his worth in the next campaign could come to nothing if the new manager can find no place for him in the side.
It may be a harsh thing to say, but the simple fact is United’s midfield is weak; far too weak to compete at the top end of the Premier League, let alone in a Champions League they will play no part in next season.
As such, whoever takes over from Ryan Giggs – be it the much-mooted Louis van Gaal or someone else entirely – they will almost certainly bring in new midfielders this summer.
William Carvalho, Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and the like continue to be mentioned, but whoever arrives, Fellaini could have a battle on his hands even to make the bench.
With Nick Powell and Andreas Pereira among the young players likely to be pushing for first-team recognition, United’s £27.5million man will have to go some to take – and retain – a first-team spot.
He has been side-lined through injury for a large portion of this campaign, but even when fit he has looked out of sorts – although games against Crystal Palace and Hull City in particular hinted at better things to come.
But as much as Fellaini may want to prove himself at United, it is about to get a whole lot harder; because those transfer woes of last summer are unlikely to be repeated this time round.