Craig Burley: Marouane Fellaini’s days at Manchester United are numbered

by Tanveer Arayan

ESPN pundit Craig Burley believes that Marouane Fellaini’s days as a Manchester United player are numbered.

Fellaini has attracted criticism this season following some subpar performances under Louis van Gaal.

Man United often resort to long-ball tactics with the Belgian in the side and Fellaini has taken his fair share of flak. Burley claimed that United will run out of patience with him soon.

“He’s not a box-to-box for me, he’s a box! When he’s close to his own box he’s a nuisance. One of the Everton players said to me a few years ago when he was at Everton, ‘When he plays in front of the back four he gets in the way’,” Burley said.

“The further forward you get him, although it doesn’t look pretty, he can be effective. In terms of playing for Man United, he’s just not a Man United player. He won’t be at United long anyway.”

Fellaini has a good scoring record for Belgium but Marc Wilmots uses him in a much more central role than United do.

In terms of the way that supporters would like to see United play, Fellaini simply doesn’t fit in. His physicality, lack of mobility and emphasis on playing in the air goes against everything that United have built a reputation on in years gone by. It is highly likely that he will be moved on in the summer.

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