Marouane Fellaini Is the Perfect Player for Manchester United
But it shouldn't be overlooked that, in Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United have signed exactly the type of midfielder that they needed.
A pure passing midfielder such as Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara or Ander Herrera would have been useful as well, but Fellaini has the talent and potential to have a major impact on a Manchester United midfield that has been sorely lacking for nearly half a decade now.
Why will he be a success?
He's a goal scorer
Not since the heyday of Paul Scholes have Manchester United possessed a genuine goal scoring threat from the centre of midfield. Fellaini is that threat.
Their wide players Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young only managed three goals between them last season, Danny Welbeck has yet to be a consistent goal scorer and Javier Hernandez isn't really a realistic regular starter.
It seems as though teams now know that if they can shut out Robin van Persie, United are a far less potent side. Give Fellaini the chance and his goals could help ease the Dutchman's burden.
Whilst he gained most of his plaudits last season for being a beast of an attacking midfielder/second striker, Fellaini is extremely versatile, playing much deeper at times for Everton to excellent effect.
He is as good defensively as he is offensively. David Moyes is an extremely reactive manager and he likes having versatile players on the pitch who can switch roles during games to contend with certain variables and situations.
If United need more physicality higher up the pitch he can push up, if Carrick needs a rest he can also fill in in defensive midfield.
He's big, he's scary and he's a presence
For too long, Manchester United have struggled to compete in big games in central midfield.
Fergie always found masterful ways around it, with particular examples being the way he set United up to counter attack down the flanks away at Chelsea and Manchester City last season, bypassing the centre of the pitch entirely.
But it is time for the Red Devils to re-emerge as a genuine force through the middle. Moussa Dembele came to Old Trafford twice last season in the space of a month and bossed the middle of the park on both occasions, this shouldn't be allowed to happen anymore.
Fellaini himself gave one of the performances of the season against United on last season's opening day.
He will also be a threat from corners and free kicks, which is always useful. Patrice Evra was fantastic last season in these areas but it is a bit worrying when your most effective player in set-piece situations is 5 ft 9.
An RVP whip to a Fellaini head could be an incredibly potent combination this campaign.
He's actually a central midfielder!
United have really needed one of these for awhile. A long, long while. He may not have been David Moyes' first choice, but he has the weapons and the ability to become a fantastic player for Manchester United.
£27.5 million may have been slightly too much, but he is a proven Premier League player with experience at this and international level. He is different to what United already have and he provides a multitude of options.
If all goes well, Marouane Fellaini will be a force at Old Trafford for many years to come.
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