Fellaini divides Manchester United fans but performance for Belgium shows he can still do a job

When Manchester United announce a new signing, more often not, the fans react with excitement and joy.

On Friday, though, it was a different story as the Red Devils confirmed on their official website that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract until 2020, with the option of a further year.

The midfielder is a controversial figure at Old Trafford in that he has divided the fanbase.

The majority of United supporters have grown frustrated with Fellaini’s antics on the pitch, as well as he tendency to throw an elbow.

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Many assumed that the Belgium international would move on this summer, but manager Jose Mourinho clearly feels that he can still use the midfielder.

Perhaps the Portuguese coach has a point, particularly when considering Fellaini’s performance for his country in Thursday’s World Cup Group G clash against England.

Fellaini stats v England

The former Everton player was given the nod to start by manager Roberto Martinez, who made nine changes due to the fact that his team had already secured a place in the last 16.

Fellaini’s role allowed him to showcase attacking and defensive attributes, and in fairness to the midfielder, he had a presence, particularly in the air.

The 30-year-old won more aerial duels than any of his teammates, and he also managed to create two shots at goal and feed the ball through in attacking moves.

Fellaini will not suddenly become a staunch figure in United’s team, but one can argue that he is capable of making an impact off the bench.