Rio Ferdinand has hailed the contributions of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United this season after the Belgian struck twice in the Reds’ 4-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Man United great Ferdinand also claimed that most footballers would recognise the value of a player like Fellaini more so than fans, something that’s certainly been seen with 29-year-old Fellaini at United.
Ferdinand admitted the limitations of Fellaini’s qualities, but emphasised his worth to United.
“With all due respect to Marouane Fellaini, in terms of the way he plays, he’s not got that free-flowing style you’d associate with a lot of Man United’s attacking players in years gone by,” Ferdinand conceded.
“People probably compare him to that. But what he is, is effective. He’s aggressive and he puts the ball in the back of the net.
“He does all the nasty things very well and he’s someone who his team-mates appreciate sometimes more than football fans.”
Three managers have trusted Fellaini at Old Trafford, utilised him in big games, relied upon to complete significant responsibilities.
His teammates have constantly praised his attitude and professionalism, continuing to work hard throughout a difficult period at United when fans were more than ambivalent to the Belgian.
Mourinho has constantly praised Fellaini this season, Nemanja Matic called him underappreciated after Saturday’s game. United fans appreciate him more now, though maintain that his being in the team lends itself to a worse style of play.