Manchester United may prove a better side without Marouane Fellaini, reckon Premier League legends Phil Neville and Danny Murphy.
The Belgian picked up a knee ligament injury while on international duty and will be unavailable for this weekend’s clash between United and Liverpool at Anfield.
The midfielder has played an integral role in Manchester United’s strong start to the season having featured in all six of their Premier League wins. The only game he didn’t feature in was Manchester United’s solitary draw.
Despite that, his enforced absence could prove a blessing in disguise according to former Manchester United player Neville.
‘[Eric] Bailly and [Phil] Jones, [Antonio] Valencia at right back, it looks like [Ashley] Young at left-back – that’s his [Jose Mourinho’s] settled back four. [Nemanja] Matic sat in front.
‘He knows his best XI at this point in time and he won’t change.
‘Fellaini is a big loss for him because it means he has to change the make-up in midfield but bringing [Ander] Herrera in might be even better.’
Herrera has found his opportunities severely limited this season despite being named Manchester United’s player of the year for 2016/17. So far he’s made just one start in the Premier League.
Former Liverpool player Murphy agrees Herrera could be an upgrade on Fellaini.
‘Fellaini has done well but Herrera I really like,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘He brings energy and tenacity. He’s a good footballer as well. He’s good at everything. I’m surprised he hasn’t started more. I’d rather go up against Fellaini than Herrera.’
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:45:00 +0000