Former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp has explained why he “never felt” Marouane Fellaini was right for Manchester United.
Fellaini is expected to make a move to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng after United club agreed a deal for his exit following more than five years at Old Trafford.
The deal does not exactly surprise Redknapp, who feels that United are now looking to go in a different direction after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m not surprised actually.
“I think with the way they’re trying to play right now, he was a player who you’d bring on to try and make an impact at times under Jose Mourinho.
“He never really, in my eyes, fitted the bill of a Man United player.
“Obviously talented, plays for Belgium, has had a really good career. But if you’re looking at how United play, trying to play through midfield, it didn’t suit him.
“But 10-15 minutes to go you’d bring him on, he did it countless times didn’t he.
“He’s such a focal point to the team, he’s great in the air.
“But I never felt he was the right fit as a Manchester United player in my opinion.”