Fellaini has signed a 5 year contract with Galatasaray

31 July, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Kevin Theophile Catherine of Saint Etienne tackles Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United

This is United's first game back in Europe following their pre-season tour of the USA. He seemed to relish playing in a free role on the left of the midfield three and was given the captain's armband in the second half.

Reports have also claimed that President Dursun Ozbek will travel to Manchester on Tuesday to meet with Fellaini's representatives over the transfer fee. If it does that can surely only be a good thing for United, but whatever happens, Pogba's pre-season form suggests he is going to be integral in the 2017/18 campaign.

There is still work to do in the coming weeks, but United will believe they can challenge for the Premier League title this term.

The Frenchman played with more freedom - and pressed a lot higher up the field - against his Norwegian hosts that he did for the majority of last season and with the Matic anchor behind him and the constant running and metronomic passing Ander Herrera, goals should come a lot more freely.

The Chelsea boss said: "We know it will be hard next season". "Such a young player needs time". Manchester United is a huge club, huge responsibility. We'll give him his time.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan led the first assault on the Valerenga goal but could only find the keeper when sent clear by a probing Juan Mata pass in the third minute.

Romelu Lukaku starts on the bench for United, as does Anthony Martial.

And Fellaini was one of United's better performers, showing his strength on several occasions to win possession and also distributing well from the start.

As already mentioned with Fellaini, United needed to go aerial to salvage points and European ties last season and expect it to be more of the same for Mourinho's second year.

He added: "It is easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane". However, with Mourinho targeting a new midfielder, his game time could be limited even more and with the world cup round the corner, the Belgian will surely target proper game time to cement his position in the national side. "Forget it. He's too important for me", Mourinho said.

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