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Versatile Belgian Star To Be Offered Contract Extension By Manchester United: Right Move By Jose?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

It came as a surprise to many when the lanky frame of Marouane Fellaini made it onto the pitch in Manchester United’s last encounter against Everton, which they won by 4-0 in a dominating display at the Old Trafford.

Fellaini has been a part of the squad so far but was not included in the starting lineup, and now it seems that he has successfully made a good impression with his consistent show in the past few matches in the eyes of team gaffer Jose Mourinho and has been awarded a place in the first eleven in the absence of an injured Paul Pogba.

The player has been with the Manchester United squad since his arrival at the club in 2013 from Everton. The versatile midfielder has been used in an array of roles in the team, even as a striker by the former coach Louis Van Gaal and as an enforcer as well as attacking midfielder by Jose Mourinho. However, he has not been a permanent figure in the squad so far and has not been able to appease a number of United fans.

The Belgian midfielder has been used most  of the times in a bits and pieces role in the lineup for the Red Devils over the year but it seems that he has finally found some solid footing with his good show in the last few matches for his side, where he scored goals for his side and gave them an advantage over the rival squad.

His inclusion in the starting eleven might be an indication of good things that might be coming his way in the forthcoming days of the season for the Belgian ace.

Reportedly, the player might be offered a new contract with the 13 time Premier League champions, which might turn out to be the start of a new chapter for the 29-year-old at the Theatre of Dreams. Things were quite different even a few months ago when it was rumoured that the player might be leaving the club in the summer transfer window to join any of their Premier League rivals or ply his trade in the Turkish Super Lig.

Given the kind of form the player is in, a new contract might help the Red Devils to keep a really good player, who is known for his physicality with them for some more time to come and will give Mourinho more choices to pick from before fielding a side. So tying Fellaini down could prove to be a superb move for United.

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