Gary Neville reacts to latest Man United deal

Gary Neville is backing Man United's decision to hand Marouane Fellaini a new contract

Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville has backed Manchester United’s decision to hand a new contract to Marouane Fellaini this summer.

The 30-year-old midfielder’s situation at Old Trafford had been a source of speculation over the last few months as his previous contract was due to expire this summer.

However, Manchester United have since confirmed that they have extended Fellaini’s contract for two years, with the option to extend for a further year until the summer of 2021.

The move brings an end to the constant speculation about Fellaini’s future after he was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the last few months.

And Red Devils legend Neville has insisted that he is satisfied by the move to keep the Belgium international at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said: “Well he (Mourinho) wanted to keep him as a part of the club,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“There was talk about if he was leaving, from my point of view it wouldn’t have made too much difference.

“I don’t think he’s the final piece of the jigsaw which gets Manchester United back to winning the title.

“He is someone, who within a squad of 22-players, can contribute during a season.

“There’s always a lot of exposure of Marouane Fellaini in his position at Manchester United.

“The reality is he does contribute during the season – if they needed to go long in a game, he can do it.

“If he is part of a midfield pool of four or five players, then I’m satisfied with that.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action in August as they look to try and challenge for the title next season under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League title since their famous final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

Manchester United ended up in second place in the Premier League table last season and without a trophy under Mourinho.

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