Manchester United’s £25m summer signing Marouane Fellaini posted a performance he can hang his hat on in the away win at West Brom and hopes will be high the colossal showing is a sign of things to come for the former Everton man.
It was the ACME of an all-action performance and the second win in as many Premier League starts for the towering midfielder.
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Before that mouth-watering prospect transpires let’s take a look at the sums, numbers, figures and digits put up by Fellaini in his best performance to date in a Man Utd jersey.
Touches – 100
In a game in which he was up against the Baggies’ Koopa Troopa spoiling duo of Claudio Yacob and Yussuf Mulumbu that had stifled Arsenal so effectively, Fellaini had 14 more touches of the ball than any other man on the pitch.
Passes – 72
Shut the front door! Michael Carrick is United’s playmaker in chief isn’t he? Not on the evidence of this showing…
Fellaini moved the orb on five more times than the Geordie maestro in leading the game for passes.
Passing accuracy – 90 per cent
Given the previous statistical nugget, his team-best rate of distribution success is all the more impressive.
Key passes – two
Only Robin van Persie and Morgan Amalfitano hit more would be assists during the game.
Aerial duels won – four
Tackles – five
Interceptions – four
Clearances – eight
A match-high five interceptions shines a light on the way in which the Belgian dominated the centre-midfield show, while it wasn’t just on the deck that he was snaffling up loose balls like a prized Truffle hound.