The former Red Devils midfielder says the Belgium international is too good to be sitting on the bench.
Signed by David Moyes shortly after his arrival in the Old Trafford hot-seat, eyebrows were raised at the £27.5 million price tag reported by the BBC that it took to lure the Belgium international away from Everton.
Justifying such a hefty outlay was never going to be easy and, as Moyes toiled, Fellaini became an obvious scapegoat for all that was wrong about United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
He was, however, to enjoy a productive showing at the 2014 World Cup and returned to England that summer determined to prove himself, as transfer speculation swirled wildly around him.
Louis van Gaal saw something in the powerful midfielder that he liked and, utilised more as a battering ram of a frontman, Fellaini’s fortunes improved considerably as he made 31 appearances across all competitions and netted seven goals.
His career trajectory has started to nosedive again this term, though, with another summer of restructuring at the Theatre of Dreams leaving the 28-year-old back on the periphery of things and unable to force his way into the fold either in the middle of the park or up top.
At an age where he should be performing at the peak of his powers, and with another major tournament to prepare for next summer, the time to cut his losses at United and start afresh elsewhere may be fast approaching.
That is a view shared by ex-United midfielder Paul Ince, with the self-proclaimed ‘Guvnor’ of the opinion that Fellaini was never right for the Red Devils and is too good a player to waste his talent rotting on the bench.
Ince, speaking exclusively to 888poker.com ahead of the West Ham v Manchester United fixture this weekend, said: “I feel sorry for Fellaini because the price tag was a lot of money. He played decent for Everton as a number 10 under Moyes but there are certain players in certain teams under certain managers who suit each other’s styles.
“With Fellaini I think he’s a very intelligent player but he’s at the wrong club. For a player of that ability to come on for the last ten minutes in every game more or less just for long balls…I think he’s better than that and he deserves a chance. It’s also a sad indictment of United not creating enough chances when they have to throw on Fellaini and put balls into the box.
“He might decide that’s enough come January because every player wants regular football and he’s too good of a player to be sitting on the bench.”
You can read the full and frank interview – including Ince’s views on Van Gaal and Diego Costa – here, but it remains to be seen whether he is proved right in the curious case of Fellaini.
He is likely to generate plenty of interest were he to become available in the next transfer window and United, on the back of some considerable outlay in recent years, may decide to bring some funds back into their coffers by offloading a saleable asset.
Fellaini certainly deserves better than a bit-part role and while he may not be suited to the Manchester United model, there are any number of clubs out there that would fancy their chances of getting the best of his rather unique skill set if given the opportunity.