De 43-jarige dame is voormalig Olympisch kampioene zwemmen en ziet er nog steeds fantastisch uit. There was a time when a team of Pep Guardiola players would have unpicked a deadlock of this kind and when sitting deep in serried ranks against his players, as Manchester United did, risked serious embarrassment. In a Manchester derby which reflected the distance between the old sparring partners and champion class, Manchester City ran into sand, straining every sinew to find a way through a wall of red, yet lacking the speed of thought and pass to do so.Their effort cannot be questioned, yet when it came to picking up the pace, they simply ran faster.Passing faster and smarter –altogether different qualities – were the real requirement.But we often forget that Fellaini, signed back in 2013, has played under four different managers at Old Trafford.His arrival aligned with the beginning of what many describe as Manchester United’s ‘banter era’, and while seeing this period leave with him would, of course, be favourable, his unyielding presence and commitment to the cause has left a discernable Fellaini-shaped stamp on the side’s very identity.
But despite the array of reports pointing towards an imminent exit, Fellaini has still travelled with the first team squad for their pre-season clash with Valerenga in Oslo.
The Belgian had been booked for pushing the striker in the back in United’s late rear-guard action, seconds earlier.
The sight of him, towering over an opponent, forehead to forehead, is a familiar one, contributing to why so many who follow United cannot accept him as one of their own.
; born 22 November 1987) is a Belgian professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Belgium national team. He represented the team at the 2008 Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, Fellaini played youth football for Anderlecht, R. His father, Abdellatif, was a former goalkeeper for Raja Casablanca and Hassania Agadir who signed for Racing Mechelen but was unable to play as his former Moroccan club refused to release his paperwork.