The previous Everton midfielder seemed sure to go away Outdated Trafford this summer season earlier than performing a final minute U-turn and signing a profitable new contract.
Jose Mourinho was determined to maintain maintain of the divisive Belgium worldwide who has emerged as certainly one of his supervisor’s most trusted gamers.
Fellaini proved instrumental in United’s 2-1 win at beforehand unbeaten at Watford on Saturday, offering key contributions to objectives from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, in addition to serving to to guard his aspect’s lead as they got here below growing strain late on.
Talking out on Fellaini’s growing affect, Ferdinand advised BT Sport: ‘He hasn’t obtained the silkiness in case you’re speaking about passing and evaluating him to the likes of Scholes, Beckham and Carrick who had been lovely wanting footballers who might go the ball and thread balls over varied distances, he’s not that sort of participant.
‘He provides one thing these guys didn’t have which is a menace within the field from set items the place he’s going to harm the opposition. Even in defence right this moment late on he made just a few very well timed interceptions. That’s what he’s there for.
‘It’s important to perceive why Jose’s obtained him within the workforce. He’s not fairly to take a look at however he’s very efficient in what he does. Lots of the video games he performs in he has an impact on the outcome
as a result of he’s so dominant by way of his determine and physicality.
‘He’s demanding of himself, I used to be on the coaching floor with him for a 12 months and he’s an important skilled. When the chips are down he doesn’t draw back. He can have seen the media and a number of the followers who’re with and in opposition to him. He says ‘pay attention I wish to keep and work onerous and be a Manchester United participant’ and I feel you must respect that.’