Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini wasn’t expected to make a start after his knock but fans will be happier than ever after the Belgian put in one of his best displays in the famous red shirt.
Jose Mourinho was very clear in his hopeful wish that Fellaini would start the game and the player was happy to repay his manager’s faith with a brace to his name.
United’s midfield were suddenly short of players with Pogba, Carrick, Fellaini all reportedly injured leaving just Herrera and Matic available for selection.
Marouane however, recovered in time to prove just why he’s so valued by Jose. The midfielder was heavily criticised by fans, even getting booed at times but has slowly won the Old Trafford crowd over.
If you still can’t see Fellaini’s worth in the team these days then maybe footballs not for you. 2-0 United pic.twitter.com/eGcLJuOqlg
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) September 30, 2017
When Fellaini has more goals than Kante/Bakayoko combined and Ashley Young has more assists than Özil pic.twitter.com/w0F508bYm5
— rajat (@ClassicFergie) September 30, 2017
Marouane Fellaini scores from an Ashley Young cross. Manchester United 2017. Immense.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 30, 2017
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) September 30, 2017
If Fellaini gets a hat trick we should get 4 points.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) September 30, 2017
Fellaini has now scored more goals (3) in the PL than:
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) September 30, 2017
His competition, Herrera, won United fans over instantly with his deep passion and respect for the club but it appears Fellaini may slowly become the new fan favourite.
The Spanish midfielder has less clumsy body language than the brutish Fellaini but it’s exactly that which Mourinho loves so much of the former Everton man.
Capable as a ball-winner and as a destroyer on the other end of the field, the Manchester United manager has avoided the mistake his predecessors made in trying to turn Marouane into a holding midfielder.
However, fans may need to hold off on all the love as the likelihood is that Pogba will partner Matic once more once he returns from injury.
Until then, Fellaini can continue to enjoy his good form and hope that it will result in him joining the Belgium team in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.