Marouane Fellaini's top five moments in a Manchester United shirt

Marouane Fellaini was a hugely divisive figure during his time with Manchester United before the club confirmed his move to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng Taishan last week.
Whatever your thoughts on the midfielder, he did provide some crucial goals during his spell with the club and we’ve taken a look back at the top five in the aftermath of his departure.

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal – 29 April 2018

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With United toiling in Arsene Wenger’s final match at Old Trafford, Fellaini showcased the ability to rough up Arsenal with a stoppage-time headed winner.
The goal kept the Reds on track to finish second and was an example of how effective Fellaini could be off the bench.

Manchester United 1-0 Young Boys – 27 November 2018

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United have struggled at times during this season’s Champions League but needed a win at home to Young Boys in order to secure their place in the knockout round.

Entering stoppage time, it looked as if Jose Mourinho’s side would be denied, until Fellaini popped up with a late goal to clinch a win that took the pressure off the final group match and set up that mouthwatering forthcoming clash against PSG.

Juventus 1-2 Manchester United – 7 November 2018

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United were only in that position against Young Boys because of an unlikely comeback win against Juventus, where Fellaini’s introduction from the bench created havoc among a side who have become synonymous with imperious defending.
After Juan Mata’s sumptuous equaliser, Fellaini forced Alex Sandro’s late own goal to grab the best result of Mourinho’s entire reign and send the visiting fans into raptures.

Everton 1-2 Manchester United – 23 April 2016

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United were still waiting for their first trophy of the post-Fergie era when Louis van Gaal brought his side to Wembley to face Everton in the semi-finals of the 2016 FA Cup.
Fellaini opened the scoring against his former employers in a match United went on to win thanks to a late goal from Anthony Martial, before a similarly dramatic win over Crystal Palace in the final.

Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo – 11 May 2017

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United stood on the verge of the 2017 Europa League final thanks to Marcus Rashford’s first leg goal when Celtia Vigo came to Old Trafford for the reverse fixture.
It was a nervous performance on the night, but Fellaini’s first-half strike gave United enough of a buffer to withstand Facundo Roncaglia’s late strike, as former Manchester City striker John Guidetti missed a last-gasp chance to take the visitors into the final.
United of course went on to beat Ajax 2-0 in the final to secure the second trophy of Mourinho’s reign as well as qualifying for the Champions League as Europa League winners.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.