Manchester United eased past Bournemouth 3-1 in their opening match of the season, thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Much maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini surprised many of the United faithful by putting in a solid performance.
Fellaini has often been considered symptomatic of the problems that have befallen the Red Devils since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the former Everton man put in a good performance in central midfield in the season opener against the Cherries.
Jose Mourinho seems to have taken a liking to Fellaini, and after that display, many Manchester United fans can’t help but appreciate the often criticized Belgian.
Marouane Fellaini: Made more tackles (6) than any other player in Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United #BOUMUN
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 14, 2016
Trying to stop myself thinking that Fellaini actually deserves MOTM
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 14, 2016
Fellaini was actually solid in that match…
— ¥Aadil¥ (@Aadil_Hanif) August 14, 2016
I must confess, Fellaini did very well today. At this moment I’d rather see him in the lineup than Rooney.
— Oze (@ozemede) August 14, 2016
Marouane Fellaini misplaced just 1 of the 76 passes he attempted vs. Bournemouth – 98.7% completion rate.
— Lisa Johnson (@girlmanutd) August 14, 2016
— Andy Vale (@AndyVale13) August 14, 2016
Fellaini is my man of the match. Broke up play, cleared all of the arial threats. Love the way Jose deployed him!!
— …… (@ateko_k) August 14, 2016
Fellaini surprised me today#mufc
— Norman (@NoRman_OFicial9) August 14, 2016
Have to say; Fellaini has made a good start under Mourinho too. #MUFC
— Jes (@JesMasih) August 14, 2016
— Blaine Witten (@blainewitten) August 14, 2016
— Pogba №6 (@MancunianPogba) August 14, 2016
Shocked at how well Fellaini played today, his passing isn’t great but bloody hell he won a few tackles.
— Luke (@LukeLessUnited) August 14, 2016
Regardless of how much we all hate Fellaini he was good today !
10/10 on his performance 👐 hopefully he continue this form #MUFC
— مُصْعَبْ (@Official_mos3b) August 14, 2016
I was wrong. Fellaini actually played well today. If he continues to play like that, I’m happy to see him start! https://t.co/4RfNsaWE6x
— Aidan Walsh (@AidanMUFC_) August 14, 2016
— Ras HANS BabaA (@RamseyHANS) August 14, 2016