Jamie Redknapp: Marouane Fellaini is not the long-term answer for Manchester United

Jamie Redknapp says that Premier League outfit Manchester United need to move on from relying on Marouane Fellaini.

Jamie Redknapp has written on Skysports.com that Marouane Fellaini is not the answer to the way Manchester United should play next season.

Belgium international midfielder Fellaini has established himself as a key player under manager Louis van Gaal this season.

While former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Redknapp has respect for the former Everton star, he does not believe that the 27-year-old is a long-term solution for United.

“Fellaini has been in good form but is he the answer long term? I don’t think he is,” the former England international wrote on Skysports.com. “You want a bit more subtlety in your game – especially for Champions League games next year.

“I can’t deny he’s surprised me and I have respect for what he’s done. But it’s a worry teams can stop Man United by stopping Fellaini. You need to have more to you than that one option.”

United have lost their last two Premier League games, and in both of their matches Fellaini has been ineffective.

While the Belgian adds a certain physical presence and allows United to be more direct in their approach, if the opposition nullify his threat, then they can get the better of the Red Devils.

Chelsea and Everton both stopped Fellaini, and that proved enough for them to pick up maximum points against the Manchester outfit.

While it would not be fair to criticise the former Standard Liege star for what he is not, one cannot deny that for United to challenge for the Premier League title next season they need to adopt a different approach.

One suspects that Van Gaal will do so in the 2015-16 campaign. After all, this season is all about finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

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