Marouane Fellaini on the verge of leaving Manchester United

Lawrence Cooper
July 31, 2017

Just minutes into the second half, Lukaku thumped home a powerful header to double the visitors' lead, and in doing so confirmed another strength of his which will make United more unsafe as the game goes on this season - aerial ability.

Then a minute before half-time, Fellaini rose high in the box to meet a Mkhitaryan corner and via a deflection, his header went into the back of the net to give Mourinho much-needed relief going in at the half-time whistle.

United's young guns put their hands up for the new season in the final game of the last when they comfortably dismantled Crystal Palace and they again looked like they were up for the challenge of breaking into the first team.

Fellaini is a physically imposing midfielder known for his combative displays, aerial threat and ability to wind up opposition players.

The Chelsea boss said: "We know it will be hard next season".

Henrikh Mkhitaryan led the first assault on the Valerenga goal but could only find the keeper when sent clear by a probing Juan Mata pass in the third minute.

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GALATASARAY ARE CLOSING in on the signing of Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to club director Cenk Ergun.

And Fellaini was one of United's better performers, showing his strength on several occasions to win possession and also distributing well from the start. "Two years ago the team ended the league in 10th place and we want to try to avoid this", Conte said about the champions.

However, Mourinho was quick to laugh off recent reports by saying, "It's easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane".

Of course, Jose could also just be playing hardball in order to get more money for Marouane in order to buy another player perhaps but it's more likely that the manager will stick to his words. He and Fellaini jumping against exhausted defenders late in a game could make the difference for the Red Devils this season. "Forget it. He's too important for me", Mourinho said.

Not long to wait until the new Premier League season.

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