Red rea­sons to be cheer­ful

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Pow­er­house Fel­laini prov­ing his Old Trafford doubters wrong

The trans­for­ma­tion in Marouane Fel­laini’s Old Trafford for­tunes has been lit­tle short of re­mark­able. Once seen as a joke fig­ure by the fans at Old Trafford, the mid­fielder has be­come a key part of a side who are once again be­gin­ning to look like Premier League ti­tle con­tenders. Not only is he pro­vid­ing a solid phys­i­cal pres­ence in mid­field, he is scor­ing goals too; his two against Crys­tal Palace on Satur­day took his United to­tal for the cam­paign to four, as many as he scored dur­ing the whole of last sea­son. Jose Mour­inho said last month that his team was “weaker” with­out Fel­laini in it; the man­ager feels that the player’s strength of char­ac­ter has been cru­cial to win­ning over United fans.

“He is a fighter, a guy with lots of pride,” Mour­inho said. “I am re­ally pleased I helped him reach this level and change the per­cep­tion the fans have now.”

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