Quick Read: Letting Fellaini leave in January was a mistake

Marouane Fellaini left Manchester United in the January transfer window, joining Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, as reported by the BBC.

The midfielder had been on the periphery of the squad at Old Trafford since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager, and the decision was clearly taken that the 31-year-old had become surplus to requirements.

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However, the 87-cap Belgium international could still have played a vital role for the Red Devils between now and the end of the season.

Currently, whilst United’s form is so good and their attackers and key midfield men are performing so well, there is little call in the side for Fellaini’s attributes. However, should the going get tough between now and the end of the campaign, United could soon find themselves missing the 6’4” midfielder’s talents as an impact sub at both ends of the pitch.

Fellaini’s time at Old Trafford was certainly coming to a close, but retaining his services until the end of the season – when United will likely undergo a major overhaul anyway – would have been a wiser course of action.