Marouane Fellaini Was Even Important To Louis Van Gaal!

Posted: October 5, 2017 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League
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During the international yawn and, due to the paucity of anything remotely interesting in the football world, we will be publishing some of the articles written, by our goodselves, for other publications.

The reason for this is twofold. One is the lack of anything else worth reading, but the other is to see how accurate, or otherwise, we have been over the years. See what you think and please use the comments section to let us know.

To begin with, here’s an article we wrote back in 2015 which looks at how important Marouane Fellaini was becoming, even then, to Louis van Gaal. It was written just before the Champion’s League qualifier against FC Bruges of Belgium.

MANCHESTER UNITED’S SECRET WEAPON THIS EVENING?

(First published on August 15th, 2015 in This Is Futbol)

Things have been pretty quiet around Manchester United for the last few days unless you count rumours about Neymar going to Old Trafford as noise. This is highly unlikely though, as his girlfriend has just moved herself and Neymar junior junior to Barcelona and will shortly be applying for a visa to stay there (if it all works out).

So yet again, elsewhere was the place to look for good old gossip about the Red Devils. Only this isn’t gossip, this is fact and we have to thank Mr. van Gaal for filling this space. Good old Louis. You can always rely on him for a good laugh and this time he’s managed to keep his trousers on!

Having scoured the world for what seems like an eternity, in an attempt to find a striker who will understand Wayne Rooney’s shouts, Manchester United have finally found one and, here’s the rub, he was already hiding in plain sight at the training ground.

Obviously Harry Kane, being a cocker-nee wouldn’t stand a chance. Thomas Müller would probably only talk with Bastian Schweinsteiger so that wouldn’t work. Pedro was so scared of the prospect that he scuttled off down the Smoke instead. Spending €240 million on Neymar only to find out that he wasn’t au fait with the latest scouse utterings would be seen as extravagant. So, after a while, the penny has finally dropped.

Which nationality already has three official languages? Which nation can probably boast the most multi-linguistic people per capita? Why, little old Belgium, that’s who!

Cue Marouane Fellaini, he of the big hair, big frame and recently, pretty big performances. He was even introduced at the pre-Bruges press conference almost as a brand new signing. He, of all people, with his talent will be able to understand the fabled one, or Wazza as he is childishly known by the other children.

King Louis has decided that Marouane is the answer to the club’s paucity in front of goal. Not a bad shout when you consider that only he, Januzaj and Memphis have scored for United this season and Fellaini did it from the substitute’s bench. (Kyle Walker of Tottenham is joint second top scorer for United after four games).

Now, cynical folk may think that Louis has given up all hope of signing a world class goal-getter before the curtains are drawn on the transfer window, but that is not the case. He has decided he doesn’t need one. Little Manchester United are going to save some money by using one they prepared earlier.

Not only are they going to save on a striker but also on a number six, a number eight and a number ten as Marouane is not too fussy about which of those digits adorn his broad shoulders. He will play anywhere the manager asks him to and he will play better than anyone else in that position or die trying.

So look out Bruges or Brugge, you have been warned. You may be a town steeped in history, a picturesque postcard type of place, even if Colin Farrell thought you were boring. Marouane, however, does not care a jot about your past and is out to get you. It will be all the sweeter as he sticks it to a team from his own country, then runs around the pitch with a rallying cry to his team mates to carry on and win Big Cup, which they surely will with their new striker.

(United went on to beat Bruges over the two legs by an aggregate score of 7-1. However, they then failed to qualify from a very average group which was made up of CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg, proving that Louis van Gaal was anything but the tactical genius he thought he was).

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