The Manchester United fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern since their side recorded a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Arsene Wenger’s final visit to Old Trafford as manager of the Gunners.
Jose Mourinho’s side took a giant step towards securing 2nd place in the Premier League by taking another three points against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. Paul Pogba continued his promising run of form in recent weeks by notching United’s opener in the first-half before Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a well-placed finish from the edge of the box to level proceedings just after half-time.
However, the Red Devils bagged a stoppage-time winner courtesy of Marouane Fellaini (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) who came off the bench to score an intelligent header following a deep cross from Ashley Young. Fellaini’s late impact delighted both the resident Red Devils propping up our bar and his manager who heaped praise on the Belgian international during his post-match interview with the BBC (via Goal).
In addition to praising Fellaini’s impact, Jose Mourinho also strongly suggested that Felliani will remain at the club beyond the end of the season, citing his passionate crest-grabbing celebration as a reason to solidify his argument. Fellaini’s future has long been the subject of discussion in the British media throughout the season so far, and with his contract set to expire in June 2018 it’s easy to understand why.
However, Mourinho’s post-match admission suggests that there is a desire from both club and player to extend his contract during the summer, despite Fellaini’s age and level of quality. With all due respect to Fellaini, he is not up to the standard that is required for United to bridge the gulf in class between themselves and Manchester City next season, so extending his contract represents a backwards move for the club.
Fellaini has the potential to be a decent back-up option for the club, but the strength of City’s dominance suggests United need to look to the future and invest in younger players who have the potential to develop into fantastic first-choice options at Old Trafford. Considering Fellaini’s wage and rumoured wage demands, there’s no doubt United should be allowing his contract to expire this summer and investing their money in talent for the future.
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