One of the most controversial figures in the modern era of Manchester United has left the club, it has been announced.
Marouane Fellaini is widely seen as a figurehead of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era of underwhelming football at Old Trafford. Not only was he perceived as a technically limited midfielder at the side of midfielders United were linked with like Thiago and Toni Kroos, but David Moyes’ decision to wait until his release clause expired to pay £4m extra was also seen as a major blunder by United.
The tall Belgian was prominent in Louis van Gaal’s spell in charge and United fans were frustrated that new manager Jose Mourinho found him useful. Indeed, he had been offered a new contract to remain at Old Trafford, but it seemed that he was demanding a greater salary than had been put on the table.
With his contract set to expire on Saturday, he announced today at a press conference ahead of Belgium’s game with England that he has already signed a contract with a new club, and that an announcement will be made on July 1st.
United supporters will largely be relieved to Fellaini leave the club, as will some of the ex-players. As you may have heard on the United In Focus podcast over the last few seasons, legend Gordon Hill is not a fan of the midfielder, and famously walked out of a game against Liverpool at Old Trafford when Fellaini was brought on as a substitute.