Marouane Fellaini claimed a sumptuous winning goal during Belgium’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Brussels on Monday night.
The 29-year-old, who made 47 appearances under Jose Mourinho, capped off his busiest season at Old Trafford yet with a rambunctious display in the Europa League final.
And he was able to take his solid form on the continental front with his club to the international stage, looping home a perfectly placed header in the 52nd minute to hand the hosts a deserved win ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Estonia.
Here is a video of Fellaini’s goal – his sixteenth since making his debut in 2007.
There is something almost comical about the way any ball heading generally in the direction of Fellaini inevitably reaches either that big afro or indeed his chest – an instrument of control that the Belgian, perhaps more than anyone, has mastered over the years (honestly, find my a better chester of the ball than Fellaini, a challenge you).
The Europa League final was a case in point: Ajax’s youngsters simply had no solution to the barrage of long passes that Fellaini would then bring down seamlessly and move along. And the above serves as another example. The Belgian’s sheer presence appears to have a kind of magnetic force in itself, and supporters will hope to see it used to maximum effect next season.