Manchester United board under pressure from Jose Mourinho to keep Marouane Fellaini – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United’s board is under growing pressure from Jose Mourinho to keep Marouane Fellaini at the club beyond this season, according to reports.

The Belgian’s strong start to the 2017/18 campaign led to Mourinho branding him as an “important player” but doubt continues to surround his future at Old Trafford.

Fellaini refused to rule out a move away last month and has been free to speak with other clubs about a potential free transfer in the summer since January 1.

And according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, Mourinho has called on the board – who saw their initial offer to the midfielder turned down in September – to step up attempts to keep him at the club.

Michael Carrick looks set to depart the club in June and the Portuguese, somewhat understandably, doesn’t want to seek out replacements for the pair over the summer. Fellaini is yet to make a decision over his future and could still be encouraged to remain at Old Trafford, but the club would have to put together a financial package that competes with interested parties such as Besiktas, Galatasaray and Arsenal.

He has been a vital member of Mourinho’s squad when fit this season and replacing a man of his unique threat would be a heavy task.

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