Resurgent Red Devil has been making the difference for Manchester United, and is a superb chance to cause Swansea strife
Marouane Fellaini is quickly turning into a cult hero for Manchester United fans, after a tricky start to life at Old Trafford.
Now in his second season with the Red Devils, feisty Fellaini seems to have settled, and finally has a crucial role to play.
He is, in essence, the muscle man, and the Belgium bruiser’s strength may again make a difference against slick Swansea.
Garry Monk’s men, currently vulnerable at the back after conceding 11 goals in their past five games, could certainly suffer from Fellaini’s physical presence.
The talented target man has punished the Welsh club before, striking at the Liberty Stadium in his last season with Everton. Back Fellaini to net anytime at a best price of 7/1 with 888.com.
Against Preston North End, in what turned out to be a trickier than anticipated FA Cup tie, Louis van Gaal’s decision to move Fellaini from the tip of the diamond to up top, paid dividends.
Ferocious in the box, Fellaini shrugged off challenges and used his height and aerial prowess to put United ahead for the first time with a powerful finish.
It is not the first time the ex-Everton utility man has been brought on to change a game this term, with notable examples being deadlock-breaking goals against Stoke City and QPR.
Speaking after victory at Preston, Van Gaal praised his secret weapon, stating: “Fellaini has a body, he also scores goals. I played him in the position that he wants for the first time.
“I have used Fellaini a lot of times already – more than ever and he scores more than ever,” claimed the Dutch coach.
Able to hold up the ball, Fellaini’s hustle, bustle and ability to make an instant impact could yet see him retain his spot in the starting XI against the Swans. Misfiring Radamel Falcao would be the obvious casualty.
Should Fellaini be deployed as a super sub once again, however, 888.com are also offering the market leading price of 17/1 for the Belgium international to help sink Swansea by striking last.