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kafta

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To be fair, most of us said he wouldn't get many games last season and he surprised us all (also di maria did).

I don't think he should be anywhere close to our starting 11, but i hope we keep him as a bench option.
 

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Think he will continue to surprise hope he stays well worth a place in the squad and a very good player regardless what anyone says preformed admirably last season.
I mean I'm not his biggest fan and didn't want us to sign him. But he was very useful last season and off the back of that, I would keep him around as a squad option. Anyone that says he wasn't effective last season is clearly agenda driven.
 

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It will be interesting to see what happens to him now. Think we should definitely keep him though. He offers us something that no one else in the squad does. Was very good at coming off the bench and making a significant contribution last season too. He will still get some games, and will be good cover for when the inevitable injuries come.
 

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It will be interesting to see what happens to him now. Think we should definitely keep him though. He offers us something that no one else in the squad does. Was very good at coming off the bench and making a significant contribution last season too. He will still get some games, and will be good cover for when the inevitable injuries come.
Aye, I think he's a good (albeit extremely expensive) plan B to have, or maybe LvG might even use him upfront on the rare occassion?

But either way, having 6/7 midfielders (depending on where LvG sees Blind's future) for 3 spots with our schedule isn't too bad (Carrick, Herrera, Schmidfield, Fellaini, Pereira, Blind). Can't see Fellaini starting if that first 4 is fit and on form.
 

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So, what now for Fellaini? Carrick, Bastian, Herrera, Morgan, Blind, Pereira and Mata competing for 3 positions.

I think Carrick, Herrera, Morgan, Bastian and Mata will get priority.
 

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If (and its a big if) we dont sign another striker, I can see him being played further forward. I actually thought he and Rooney at times last season looked like they were developing a nice attacking partnership, and when Fellaini did get played as a striker he looked more threatening than RVP or Falcao (although that isnt saying much). His holdup play was obviously superb, but more unexpected was that some of his linkup play and movement in and around the box was actually pretty good.

I would quite like us to keep Hernandez (although that doesnt look too likely), and if we did then I think we would actually have a pretty well balanced set of forwards.
 

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So, what now for Fellaini? Carrick, Bastian, Herrera, Morgan, Blind, Pereira and Mata competing for 3 positions.

I think Carrick, Herrera, Morgan, Bastian and Mata will get priority.
I would imagine Fellaini will play further forward where is is most effective. He will rotate with other midfielders too.
 

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So, what now for Fellaini? Carrick, Bastian, Herrera, Morgan, Blind, Pereira and Mata competing for 3 positions.

I think Carrick, Herrera, Morgan, Bastian and Mata will get priority.
Presumably the Schneiderlin signing hadn't been announced when you wrote this?
 

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So, what now for Fellaini? Carrick, Bastian, Herrera, Morgan, Blind, Pereira and Mata competing for 3 positions.

I think Carrick, Herrera, Morgan, Bastian and Mata will get priority.
Neither Blind nor Mata will play through the middle so they are not in direct competition with Fellaini. Blind will be a LB ad Mata will play on the wings. Pereira is not good enough right now and will probably be loaned out.

5 CM's for 3 spots is good going. Of the CM's left, Carrick and Schweiny have become injury prone. He'll get more than enough games over the course of the season. He's very effective at what he does whether people like it or not.
 

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i won't surprise if fellaini will become our striker by the coming season
 

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Neither Blind nor Mata will play through the middle so they are not in direct competition with Fellaini. Blind will be a LB ad Mata will play on the wings. Pereira is not good enough right now and will probably be loaned out.

5 CM's for 3 spots is good going. Of the CM's left, Carrick and Schweiny have become injury prone. He'll get more than enough games over the course of the season. He's very effective at what he does whether people like it or not.
Schweinsteiger is not injury prone. He had 1 big injury which made him miss 18 games.
 

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Be gutted if we sell him. With LVG confirming that 4 players (Bastian, Carrick, Blind and Schneiderlin) will compete for the holding position (6 and 8), then it means Herrera, hopefully Fellaini and Mata, who I expect will spend time on the wing, will compete for the 10 role.

I mean, when you look at Herrera and Mata as 10's, they're pretty similar in play style, but we've got no one like Fellaini, and we all saw how much of a threat he was when playing there last season.
 

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I think there's plenty of opportunity for fellaini. Despite his obvious downfalls, he has a unique set of assets which are useful. I think it was post match Wenger who basically said, he doesn't look much but tactically he is very troublesome to play against.
 

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He won't be sold, there is a role for him, not as a starter but enough game time to keep him happy for a year or two I would imagine. If/when the team improves his role will reduce further and I see him leaving in a year or two if he wants to play more regularly.
 

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If Fellaini is in form and still delivering he will still be first choice, but he's got alot of competition now. He will get less minutes probably next season, but can still be vital to the team.

Fellaini even as a sub would probably be higher in the pecking order than Hernandez for example. Van Gaal his plan A is to pass the opposition off the park, when at the end of last season we've seen van Gaal's plan B. Fellaini has unique strengths which are ideal for van Gaal's plan B: strong, good short passing, hold up play and especially headers to switch up the passing with long balls. Van Gaal used to send defenders to the box for this role, but now he's got a dedicated player for this. He will also be very handy for the games vs the Stokes of the league.
 

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It would be pretty funny to see a fellaini, schmidfield.
We could out stoke stoke with them 3.
He'll get games

And as far as target men go - is there anyone better at it?
The only obvious alternative i can think of is drogba but hes well past his best. Bit of a stretch to call benzema a target man.
Its an under appreciated role anyway
 

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Super sub or specialist role.

Excellent option for a pressing team. Liverpool were completely bamboozled with him as an outlet.
 

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If Fellaini is in form and still delivering he will still be first choice, but he's got alot of competition now. He will get less minutes probably next season, but can still be vital to the team.

Fellaini even as a sub would probably be higher in the pecking order than Hernandez for example. Van Gaal his plan A is to pass the opposition off the park, when at the end of last season we've seen van Gaal's plan B. Fellaini has unique strengths which are ideal for van Gaal's plan B: strong, good short passing, hold up play and especially headers to switch up the passing with long balls. Van Gaal used to send defenders to the box for this role, but now he's got a dedicated player for this. He will also be very handy for the games vs the Stokes of the league.
Stoke isn't like that anymore since Pulis left.
 

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I can't see him making the bench next season when everyone is fit - unless he's considered 2nd choice centre forward (I hope not). For the few matches where he would be called upon I'd rather see Januzaj, Pereira and Wilson get some much needed game time.

Take a decent fee for him this summer or we'll be selling him on the cheap next summer.

People who insist on referring to his usefulness last season need to understand that the way we played last season was a necessity - LVG wanted balance, and we lacked quality to break teams down so we relied on Young crossing to Fellaini. We've added balance and quality this summer, and we're still going to spend more too. Absolutely no need for Fellaini or Young, neither will be here in 13 months time it's just a case of when they get sold.
 

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So, what now for Fellaini? Carrick, Bastian, Herrera, Morgan, Blind, Pereira and Mata competing for 3 positions.

I think Carrick, Herrera, Morgan, Bastian and Mata will get priority.
the 4 you mentioned will, highly doubt mata will play CM over fellaini, if he was going to then surely he would have done last year
 

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If (and its a big if) we dont sign another striker, I can see him being played further forward. I actually thought he and Rooney at times last season looked like they were developing a nice attacking partnership, and when Fellaini did get played as a striker he looked more threatening than RVP or Falcao (although that isnt saying much). His holdup play was obviously superb, but more unexpected was that some of his linkup play and movement in and around the box was actually pretty good.

I would quite like us to keep Hernandez (although that doesnt look too likely), and if we did then I think we would actually have a pretty well balanced set of forwards.
Fellaini as our striker. That would be pretty funny in a sad kind of way.

If a good offer comes in for him then we should just sell him instead of entertaining all these mad ideas of turning him into our Andy Carroll
 

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Wonder why he didn't get to play? Maybe because of his 3 match ban?

Cant see him being sold. He will give us something different as a sub or surprise inclusion in the big games. Lets not forget how easily he can help us keep possession in those big away games.
 

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we kinda missed him today but it was due to be short on fitness unlike club America..

he won't play that much I feel but good option to have
 

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Do bans apply to friendlies too? Didn't know that. Could've used him to return some of the crap those Mexicans were giving us.
He's banned for 3 league games. Why would that impact him playing here?
Sorry, poor wording on my part. He wasn't banned. van Gaal said that because he is not available for the first three league games he has longer than others to prepare. So van Gaal didn't play him so he could get a look at the other players who are available for the first three matches.
 

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Sorry, poor wording on my part. He wasn't banned. van Gaal said that because he is not available for the first three league games he has longer than others to prepare. So van Gaal didn't play him so he could get a look at the other players who are available for the first three matches.
I see, fair enough.
 
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