Managers sometimes take a deep liking towards certain players and their styles and tactics. Often, it gets so obvious that fans and supporters themselves remain clueless over the sheer amount of match time that these individuals seem to enjoy irrespective of how effective their antics on the pitch might be.
However, it is quite rare that such a situation would cause a manager to go up against his own superiors. This precisely appears to be the case at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho has been immensely impressed by Marouane Fellaini, more so now than last season, mainly due to how irreplaceable the Belgian has become owing to Paul Pogba’s shocking injury and impending absence. Since the latter is set to miss out months of action, the big man has a big role to play in the matches to come for the Red Devils.
However, as per Don Balon, all is not well regarding the future of the 29-year-old, who is currently serving his last season on contract with the Premier League giants. Mourinho is eager to keep him at Old Trafford, and the boss reportedly disagrees with the chiefs of the English outfit, who would rather see the player sold.
This is a direct result of a deep interest stemming from Galatasaray during the summer window, who were believed to have enquired as to whether Fellaini could be bought. To this, Mourinho staunchly replied in the negative, indicating that it would be easier for any interested club to sign himself rather than the midfielder.
Lastly, the new contract, which would see the player pocket a sum of £130,000-a-week, is not favored by the board – a stark difference of opinion with that of their Portuguese manager, who maintains his importance in the long-term success of the club.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top: Mourinho with his insistence over the tactical aspects of the game, or the board that seems to have made up its mind to send Fellaini packing next summer.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.