Fellaini made his full debut in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen…
87% pass accuracy
Fellaini sat in a deep-lying midfield role next to the metronomical Michael Carrick, and was encouraged to recycle possession with short, simple passes. The Belgian powerhouse seemingly adapted his all-action kind of performance we were so used to Everton, into a more conservative traditional midfield role.
Crucially, the giant Belgian made four interceptions – which gives us an insight of exactly what he’ll bring to United’s midfield. Fellaini is physically outstanding, and used his immense stature to regain possession four times for United. With Ryan Giggs or Tom Cleverley in the midfield, United do not have a player capable of doing this – but Fellaini provides with a brilliant new dimension.
66% headed duel success
The 25-year-old won two thirds of his aerial battles, which is not surprising when you look at the size of the man. He will help United defending and attacking set-pieces, and will be always be favourite when competing in the midfield for 50/50 balls.
As well as his four interceptions, Fellaini proved his impressive defensive contribution with the four clearances he made. The Belgian was happy to track back and help his defenders when Leverkusen got the ball in advanced areas, and instead of trying to pass his way out of trouble – he was happier to put his foot through the ball.
1 key pass
Fellaini only made one key pass during the 90 minutes – which is surprising when you consider what a creative and attacking threat he was for Everton last season. This emphasises the new position David Moyes expects his £27.5m signing to play. With players like Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie up top, Fellaini doesn’t need to get himself in too advanced a position where he could clog up room in the final third.