Marouane Fellaini back in training with Manchester United’s first-team

by Leo Nieboer

Marouane Fellaini is back in training ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League contest with Feyenoord on Thursday night.

The Belgian had to withdraw from both international duty and Man United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal after sustaining a calf strain during the 3-1 win over Swansea earlier this month.

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Fellaini’s absence following Oliver Giroud’s late equaliser last Saturday, insisting that the 29-year-old’s aerial presence would have made a difference.

The 53-year-old will be able to call upon the Belgian’s services on Thursday night, however, after pictures revealed that Fellaini had re-joined the first team.

One suspects that Mourinho, with one eye on Sunday’s encounter with West Ham United, will leave Carrick to one side for the game against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

In his place will be Fellaini, acting as a driving force alongside Paul Pogba as Ander Herrera adopts an anchoring role in midfield. Such a set-up is, by all accounts, attack-minded, but this is a game that United simply have to win.

Mourinho will want to see Feyenoord – just like Fenerbahce last month – immediately placed on the back-foot, and Fellaini’s rumbustious approach could prove to be an important factor as United look to place one foot in the knockout stages.

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