Paul Lambert: Why Man United flop is worth £25m
Paul Lambert explains why Marouane Fellaini is still worth £25m
Paul Lambert believes Manchester United flop Marouane Fellaini is still worth £25m despite a difficult career at Old Trafford.
The Belgium midfielder has failed to establish himself as a regular in the Red Devils side since completing a £27m move to United from Everton in 2014 under David Moyes.
Fellaini was used sparingly by Moyes’s predecessor Louis van Gaal and the midfielder is thought to have an uncertain future under new head coach Jose Mourinho.
Sunderland manager Moyes, who was named as Sam Allardyce’s replacement earlier this week, admitted that he would be keen on bringing the 28-year-old defensive midfielder to the Stadium of Light.
Former Aston Villa and Norwich City manager Lambert believes Fellaini is still worth £25m despite admitting that the giant midfielder isn’t good enough for United.
“I don’t see why not. But you’ve got to remember, certain clubs are too big for players. Some players can’t play at Manchester United or Manchester City because the expectancy level’s so high,” Lambert told BBC Radio Five Live.
“I think he’s not performed to the level he performed at Everton, but I think when you go to a place like Manchester United- any big club you play for- you expect to win.
“As a player you’ve got to adapt to winning it every time. You know what it’s like, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing a League One team or a top European team, everybody expects you to win. I’m a great believer that big players handle big occasions, and I’m not sure he’s done that at Manchester United.”
Fellaini scored one goal in 18 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season.
The Belgian midfielder has netted 11 times in 86 games in all competitions for the 20-time English champions in the past three seasons.
United will face Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.