Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini is currently being deployed at central midfield by manager Louis van Gaal this season and it has not yielded the most positive result for the Red Devils so far.
United are just two points away from the top four after 22 round of matches but the team has come under a lot of criticisms for their ‘boring’ approach to games under Dutch tactician van Gaal.
They have only scored 28 premier league goals – a return that is a far cry from title chasing Manchester City, Leicester City, and Arsenal. Pundits have argued that if the team wants to mount a serious challenge for the title this campaign they need to increase their scoring form and Fellaini if deployed at the right place can help achieve that.
At Everton, the big Belgian was deployed behind the striker and he held up play brilliantly – knocking balls down for midfield players. He was a massive threat in and around the box as he caused havoc for opposing teams – a real nightmare for defenders and was feared in the premier league.
In the 2012/13 season he contributed 11 goals in 31 league games for the Toffees and in the following season he answered his former manager David Moyes call to join him at Manchester United in deal worth £27m but he never really got to stamp his authority at Old Trafford as the Scot was sacked, ten months into the job.
Louis van Gaal came along after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Dutchman now into his second season seem not to know the best position for the player who can be so dominant in the box as he has played him consistently in central midfield.
Last week at Anfield, Fellaini showed just how useful he can be if given a permanent role behind the striker when he headed Daley Blind’s corner onto the post before Captain Wayne Rooney finished from the rebound to register his first goal at their rivals’ home ground in 11 years.
In that game, Fellaini played with Morgan Schneiderlin in central midfield while Ander Herrara was given the task of playing behind Wayne Rooney – Juan Mata and Anthony Martial were moved to the wings. From that deep-lying position Fellaini did not affect the game until the header from inside the box that led to Rooney’s goal.
Our verdict is that Marouane Fellaini is wasted in his midfield role for Manchester United and should be deployed further up the pitch starting from the Southampton game on Saturday.