Fellaini goal helps Man United defeat Valenrenga in friendly game

Beth Cruz
July 31, 2017

On Friday, Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun was candid about rumours and confirmed that they had entered formal negotiations to sign the player: "We are in talks with Fellaini".

It would also be the second time Mourinho has bought Matic, having signed him for Chelsea in 2014.

Manchester United and Valerenga go head-to-head this evening in a pre-season friendly.

Fellaini joined United from Everton for £27.5 million in 2013.

This was another strong pre-season performance from Paul Pogba, who ran the game, particularly in the first half, as United set the tempo and dominated possession.

The Red Devils finished the half strongly, and the breakthrough came in the 44th minute when Fellaini, who has been strongly linked with a move to Galatasaray over the last 24 hours, rose to head a Mkhitaryan cross into the back of the net, albeit with the help of a deflection off Jonatan Tollas.

Jose Mourinho's side now switch their attention to the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid on Tuesday, 8 August. Then again, Mourinho could just be lying.

After getting the second goal though, United took their foot of the pedal and that allowed the hosts to gain confidence and they should have got a goal back when Ghayas Zahid was unmarked in the box but from a few yards out, he blasted the ball over the bar when he really should have scored.

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly started the match in a back four and they appear to be the favourites for the centre-back pairing in United's opening match of the Premier League season against West Ham. "Two years ago the team ended the league in 10th place and we want to try to avoid this", Conte said about the champions.

He has had an up-and-down spell with the Red Devils but became an important squad player under Mourinho last season, making 39 appearances in all comptitions.

Even though Fellaini has enjoyed a few high points in his time at United, numerous club's fans struggled to accept a player of his ilk was up to the task of playing in his favoured attacking midfield role or as a makeshift forward.

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