How Fellaini’s New Contract Could Change United’s Transfer Plans

Marouane Fellaini gets a hug from manager Jose Mourinho as he is substituted shortly after coming on.

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Marouane Fellaini’s contract negotiations with the Red Devils have gone well, as the Belgian midfielder has signed a new 2-year contract with Manchester United.

Speaking to the press, the 30-year-old was in a buoyant mood: “I made this decision because I am very happy here. I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.”

Fellaini has scored 20 goals in 156 appearances for United. He moved to Old Trafford from Everton in 2013 as a marquee signing for David Moyes.

The Belgian has an option to extend his new contract for a third year. But this deal has been met with mixed reactions from the United fanbase.

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Manchester United fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. The sentiment surrounding this move was rather negative, with a number of fans taking digs at the attacking midfielder.

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Much of the negativity was tied to the notion that United would no longer pursue midfielders in this transfer window.

The club was linked to players like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Lorenzo Pellegrini, but now, question marks have risen about whether Ed Woodward will pursue these talents.

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Earlier this summer, Fabinho and Diogo Dalot were signed from Shakhtar and Porto. The former is a defensive midfielder, while the latter is a right-back.

The gulf in class between Manchester City and the rest of the league last season was never more apparent. United, who finished in second place, were 19 points off the pace.

It was expected that their competitors would spend aggressively to improve their rosters for next season. But this move may have poured cold water over their notions.

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