It was announced on Friday afternoon that the club had agreed to extend Fellaini’s deal until 2020, with the option of a further year, which has not gone down well with fans.
A large chunk of supporters feel like the Belgium international’s attempt at holding the club ransom deem him undeserving of a longer stay at Old Trafford, where he’s been targeted as a scapegoat since his 2013 arrival.
Neville has disagreed with the negativity over the news though, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t think it makes a huge difference either way because he’s not the final piece of the jigsaw that gets United back to winning the Premier League title. What we did see from Marouane last night is that he is somebody who can contribute.
“There’s always a lot of exposure on Fellaini – people saying ‘he’s not a United midfielder’ – but the reality is he does contribute in the season and you need all different types in the dressing room. If United need to go long, he’s someone who can do it.
“If I was sat here as a United fan thinking he was the number one midfielder player I wouldn’t be happy. But if I was thinking he’s part of a midfield pool of four or five players then I would be satisfied with that.”
David Moyes made Fellaini his first signing as Man United manager for £27m from Everton, but the 30-year-old’s negative impact on the style of play and his disciplinary issues has resulted in fans turning against him over his five years at the club.
He is a valued member of Jose Mourinho’s squad though and is known for his impact off the bench, but his new wage of over £125,000 per week would suggest there are bigger plans in store for him throughout the 2018-19 season.
The news hasn’t gone down well with United supporters, but the negativity is bound to pipe down if Fellaini does take up a rotary role upon his return from representing Belgium at the World Cup this summer.