Marouane Fellaini treated Manchester United supporters to a rumbustious display in midfield during their side’s 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in the Europa League.
The Belgian, who missed last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal through suspension, powered home an unstoppable header past away keeper Sergio Alvarez’s near post after 17 minutes to hand Jose Mourinho‘s a crucial opening goal.
He then placed himself at the heart of Man United’s back line as Celta, following a late goal, presser for a winner during the dying stages but the 29-year-old was there to nod the ball away on several occasions.
A look at Fellani’s stats provides a clear impression of what was a powerful display in midfield.
Fellaini's game by numbers vs. Celta Vigo:
5 aerial duels won
100% dribbles completed
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 11, 2017
Some people say beauty is personified in the delicate strokes of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, or perhaps in the piano concertos of Mozart that have touched millions all over the globe. Almost inexplicable feats of human creativity and expression. Something rightly deified throughout generations.
But I say that, actually, real authentic beauty can be found instead in Fellaini – that enormous, blonde, bustling, sweaty figure – rampaging towards the near post as a Marcus Rashford cross sails through the air until, after what feels like eons, the notorious afro rocks forward and the ball is crashing past Alvarez and into the net, and the Belgian is off, punching at the air and shouting unintelligibly, his afro absorbing the raw energy from an elated Old Trafford crowd and growing stronger, bigger, more dangerous and glorious than ever.
Yes, folks, this is art. This is what art really is. And supporters will be keen to witness similar scenes in Stockholm in two weeks time.