‘Still can’t believe’ – Fans react as midfielder snubs Arsenal to agree deal with Man Utd

‘Still can’t believe’ – Fans react as midfielder snubs Arsenal to agree deal with Man Utd

By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are ready to extend the contract of Marouane Fellaini for a further two years, all but ending speculation about his future.

The 30-year-old Belgian midfielder’s contract runs out at the end of this month and was initially thought to be closer to the exit door at Old Trafford. However, in a remarkable turnaround, he is set to stay at the club, ending talk of him moving to another club as a free agent.

The former Everton man has spoken of his desire to get at least a 2-year extension, though the club, with its over 30 policy, were only keen to offer him a year. It would seem that Fellaini has won the battle, and will now continue his Old Trafford career.

Kristof Terreur of Hat Laaste Nieuws claims he will sign a new deal until 2020. The auxiliary target man, who divides opinion here, is a personal favourite of Jose Mourinho, who recognizes the abilities he brings. 

The main thing is that when he’s instructed to do something – track a runner, stay in the box or stay disciplined – he does it without asking any questions. It is perhaps that mentality that appeals most to Mourinho, even if other areas of his game are arguably well short of the required standards.

Fellaini was the first signing of the ill-fated David Moyes era, but has become important for Jose, who uses his aerial strength and raw power when the team needs an alternative approach.

Here’s what Man United fans have been saying about this deal:

The arrival of Fred means that Fellaini will be pushed further the pecking order at the club. It was initially reported that the exit of Fellaini will lead Jose Mourinho to the transfer market for another midfielder, though with the imminent stay of Fellaini, it would seem that United will not make advances to get a new player in the middle of the park.

Fellaini is a physically imposing player that can play a variety of positions in the middle. He joined United in the summer of 2013, and has scored 20 times in 156 matches; in his 157th, he might get a mixed reception.

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