Manchester United made it a perfect three out of three in the Premier League last night, with Jose Mourinho’s men scoring a late goal to take all of the points back to Old Trafford. The team as a whole are performing brilliantly, and one man who has been pleasantly surprising is Marouane Fellaini.
The big Belgian has often come in for heavy criticism from large portions of the fanbase but Marouane Fellaini has been playing excellently under the watchful eye of new United boss.
He has won his fair share of tackles, beat his man in the air more often than not, and on the whole has been a real threat.
However, Jose Mourinho after the yesterday’s game has revealed that the 28-year-old has a ‘bad’ back injury which is obviously a huge concern.
Mourinho’s says Fellaini has a back injury and ‘it’s bad’
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But the Belgian featured for the entire 90 minutes, and didn’t manifest any discernible signs of discomfort as he celebrated Marcus Rashford’s injury time winner with supporters.
Back injuries are very rarely minor knocks that take care of themselves. And if the early signs are notably negative, the 28-year-old – fundamental to the early stages of the Mourinho era, starting all four games – could be sidelined for some time.
The Red Devils now have the international break, and in exactly fourteen days the first Manchester derby of the season will be contested. Hopefully, Fellaini can get himself fighting fit before then, but it doesn’t look good.
Fellaini’s bombastic, marauding presence in the centre of midfield has been a crucial aspect of the side’s backbone, enforcing the kind of pure aggression and power that Mourinho demands of a midfielder. He may not be universally admired by supporters, but the Belgian has an important role in this side, and the 53-year-old will rue his absence.
On the flipside, Fellaini’s absence provides an enhanced opportunity for Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin to prove themselves alongside Paul Pogba. Maybe even Bastian Schweinsteiger, emotionlessly ostracized so far this season, could force his way back into the first team.
Of course, the nature and severity of Fellaini’s is still unknown at this point, but details surrounding midfielder’s setback will become clear soon.