Super Cup: Fellaini Heads Hat-Trick To Stun Benitez In China

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 9, 2019 shows Shandong Luneng’s Marouane Fellaini running with the ball during the AFC Champions League group stage football match between China’s Shandong Luneng and Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim in Jinan in China’s eastern Shandong province.  STR / AFP

 

Marouane Fellaini, who spent three weeks in hospital with coronavirus, scored a quickfire hat-trick of headers to give Shandong Luneng a 3-2 win over Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Pro on Sunday in China.

Former Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon looked to have given Benitez’s side a winning start to the Chinese Super League (CSL) season with a 57th-minute header of his own.

But former Manchester United star Fellaini then roared to the fore with three towering headers in the 79th, 83rd and 86th minutes in Dalian.

Spanish coach Benitez, who took Liverpool to Champions League glory, could only look on in stunned bemusement.

Swedish international defender Marcus Danielson pulled a goal back for Dalian deep into stoppage time.

The 32-year-old Fellaini is the only known coronavirus case in the CSL and spent three weeks in hospital in China before his release in mid-April.

Shandong said he was asymptomatic and the giant Belgian midfielder posted pictures on social media of him doing exercises in his hospital bedroom.

The CSL kicked off on Saturday five months late because of coronavirus.

All matches are being played behind closed doors in two cities, Suzhou and Dalian, to limit the risk of infections.

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The Hardest Part Is Behind Me, Fellaini Says As He Beats COVID-19

 

Former Manchester United star, Marouane Fellaini, has recovered from COVID-19 with the player admitting after he was discharged that the “hardest part” is behind him.

The Shandong Luneng star who was diagnosed with the disease on March 22nd was discharged from a Chinese hospital on Tuesday.

Fellaini, 32, was thankful to the staff of the hospital who helped in his recovery from the pandemic.

The Belgian took to his Instagram handle to appreciate workers in the health facility for their care and support.

“The time has come for me to thank from the bottom of my heart, the medical staff of the hospital, their nursing staff as well as my Club and its medical staff for taking such good care of me with so much kindness and for ensuring my comfort whilst there,” the former Everton man said.

“The hardest part is behind me! Let’s keep fighting, it’s important!”

The Chinese Super League side had earlier issued a statement where they said their player has been declared free of the virus.

“Fellaini,” the club said, “was assessed and was deemed to have recovered and was discharged today.”

The player moved to the Asian nation in February 2019, after a five and half year stint with Manchester United.

About 82,249 coronavirus cases have been reported in China with 3,341 deaths.

After 12 years, Fellaini Calls Time On Belgium Career

Marouane Fellaini of Shandong Luneng celebrates after scored during the Chinese Super League (CSL) football match between Shandong Luneng and Beijing Renhe in Jinan in China’s eastern Shandong province on March 1, 2019. STR / AFP

 

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini retired from international duty with Belgium on Thursday, just over a month after swapping Old Trafford for China.

“After twelve years of representing Belgium at the highest level, I have decided to retire from senior international football,” Fellaini said on his Twitter account.

“It has not been an easy decision for me and not one I take lightly.

“However, I feel that the time is right for me to step down and allow the next generation of Belgian players to continue this very successful period in Belgian football history.”

Fellaini, 31, made 87 appearances for Belgium and was part of the squad that finished third at last year’s World Cup.

Belgium are currently top of the FIFA world rankings ahead of France, the team that defeated them in the semi-finals in Russia.

Fellaini left United in February after five-and-a-half years at the club to join Chinese Super League team Shandong Luneng.

He spent six seasons with Everton before following David Moyes to Manchester following Scot’s appointment as the successor to Alex Ferguson.

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United Midfielder Fellaini Leaves Club For China’s Shandong

 

Manchester United announced on Friday that midfielder Marouane Fellaini has left the club to join China’s Shandong Luneng on a permanent transfer.

The Belgium international, 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Everton in August 2013 and went on to make 177 appearances throughout five-and-a-half seasons at United, scoring 22 goals.

“Everybody at United thanks Marouane for his service and wishes him well for the future as he completes his move to Shandong Luneng Taishan FC in China,” said a statement on United’s website.

Fellaini joins fellow Belgian international midfielder Mousa Dembele in swapping the Premier League for the Chinese Super League after the 31-year-old signed for Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham last month.

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The former Everton player, who last year signed a new and improved deal until 2020, was a key figure at Old Trafford under previous manager Jose Mourinho.

But he has featured only once, as a late substitute, in United’s seven Premier League games since Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in as caretaker manager.

Shandong finished third in the CSL last season, 10 points behind champions Shanghai SIPG, and were runners-up in the Chinese FA Cup.

Graziano Pelle, the 33-year-old Italian striker, signed for Shandong from Southampton in July 2016 for about £13 million ($17 million).

Bayern Munich back-up striker Sandro Wagner on Wednesday joined Tianjin Teda after the 31-year-old former Germany international received what Bayern called a “very attractive offer”.

Brazilians Hulk and Oscar, the latter purchased from Chelsea two years ago for an Asian-record 60 million euros ($69 million), are among those playing in China and were central to SIPG’s maiden CSL title last season.

The new season begins on March 1.

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Fellaini Signs New United Contract To End Speculation Over Future

Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring their late second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Marouane Fellaini signed a new two-year contract with Manchester United on Friday, ending speculation the Belgium midfielder would join Arsenal.

Fellaini’s United deal was due to expire this weekend and Arsenal’s new boss Unai Emery was reported to have made an approach to sign him.

Having originally offered Fellaini only a one-year contract, United extended their deal by a further season and that was enough to convince the 30-year-old to remain at Old Trafford.

Fellaini’s new contract has the option to extend for a further 12 months after the two years have expired.

“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,” he told United’s website.

“I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.

“I would like to say a special thank you to Jose (Mourinho) for the faith he has always shown in me.”

Fellaini, currently on World Cup duty with Belgium, joined United from Everton in 2013, making 156 appearances and scoring 20 goals.

He has won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League during his time with United.

The towering midfielder is well liked by United manager Jose Mourinho, who insisted he always expected Fellaini to stay.

“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us,” Mourinho said.

“I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

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Ibrahimovic’s Late Goal Earns Manchester United Community Shield

Manchester United wins Leicester City with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goalZlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal was enough for Manchester United to win the Community Shield.

Manchester United defeated premiership champions, Leicester City, 2-1, securing for Ibrahimovic, his first trophy with the club.

Manchester United opened scoring at the 33rd minute when Jesse Lingard, picked the ball up in midfield and kept running, beating challenges and half-attempts at tackles before putting the ball behind the goalkeeper, Schmeichel.

Leicester pulled back at the 43rd minute, when Marouane Fellaini, in possession of the ball and apparently under pressure decided to nudge it back to De Gea.

His kick was poor and could not get to Gea before Vardy nipped in, took it past the keeper and slotted home.

The Premiership champions could not hold on as Ibrahimovic outjumped Wes Morgan to head a cross from the right flank into the corner off the post .

After the game Manchester United on its Twitter handle described the match as “a good start to the season”.

Mourinho Ready For Manchester United Tasks

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedThe newly signed Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed readiness to help the Red Devils overcome their recent setbacks.

The Portuguese, who was speaking during an interview told the club’s website the he feels great and thinks he is in the right moment of his career.

“I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am everything but the reality is what I love is to work and I cannot wait for 7th of July to go on the pitch,” he said.

He said his ambition for United was to ignore the club’s performance in the last three years and focus on the giant club he has in his hands.

“I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have.

“So I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want,” he promised.

Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager on Thursday after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

He was Chelsea’s coach between 2004 – 2007 before he left for Inter Milan and Real Madrid and subsequently returned to coach the Blues between 2013 – 2015.

The 53-year-old is regarded by a number of players and other football stakeholders as one of the most successful managers in the world.

He was named the best Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.

Jose Mourinho Becomes Manchester United’s Manager

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has been appointed as Manchester United’s new manager after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss met United’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward, on Thursday afternoon to conclude talks to take charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, replaces Louis van Gaal, who was himself sacked two days after winning the English FA Cup.

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

Mourinho is expected to be presented to the media on Friday.


Manchester United Sack Louis van Gaal

Manchester United, Louis Van GaalManchester United have sacked first team manager, Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman’s departure had been widely expected despite United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

After a meeting with employment lawyer Paul Gilroy QC at the club’s Carrington training base on Monday morning, Van Gaal and United have now gone their separate ways.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries).

“He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage.

“Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

The club says a “decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon” but several media sources have reported that Jose Mourinho is set to take over.

Manchester United have also been expected to announce Ryan Giggs has followed Louis van Gaal in leaving the club.

With Van Gaal and his Dutch staff having been dismissed, Giggs is said to feel he has no option to follow them out of the Old Trafford door.

Giggs is United’s record appearance holder, having played for the club 963 times, scoring 168 goals, and is also their most decorated player, whose honours include 13 Premier League triumphs.

Manchester United Win FA Cup With Lingard’s Extra-time Goal

Manchester-UnitedManchester United on Saturday won its 12th FA Cup title, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time.

Jesse Lingard’s fantastic volley in the 110th minute was the decisive goal, after Juan Mata responded to Jason Puncheon’s opener in a late flurry of action in regulation.

With the victory, Manchester United now tie with Arsenal which had also won the title 12 times.

The game marked a rematch of the 1990 final, also won by Manchester United 1-0 in a replay following a 3-3 draw in the first go-around.

The result also leaves Crystal Palace in search of its first major trophy.

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Crystal Palace was near winning its first trophy

Palace thought it had the lead in the 17th minute, but referee Mark Clattenburg whistled for a foul despite Connor Wickham continuing to play on and scoring after getting tackled.

Manchester United’s best chance early came through Marouane Fellaini, who nearly opened the scoring just minutes into the second half, but he hit the corner of the woodwork after receiving a pass from Marcus Rashford.

There are indications that Manchester United, may tab Jose Mourinho as its manager, taking over from Louis van Gaal.

After listing up the title cup, van Gal said: “It’s fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans and also for me because now I’ve won a cup in four countries and not many managers can say that so I’m happy.

“Of course I was concerned, with 10 players and we’ve played Tuesday evening also but we have deserved it I think. It was a super goal [from Lingard] but we knew that”!

Also reacting to the victory Wayne Rooney said: “It was a great advert for the Premier League. Credit to Crystal Palace, it was a tough game but we hang on in there and a good goal from Jesse – to come from Manchester it must be an incredible feeling for him.

“We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today. Our determination has got us through this so we’re delighted. It’s a special moment – it’s a competition I’ve watched growing up as a fan, I’ve lost two finals before so I’ll enjoy this tonight.

“It has been a while [since United last won a trophy] but it’s great for the fans, it’s fantastic. To win a trophy will lift the supporters”.

Crystal Palace To Face Manchester United In FA Cup Final

FA CupCrystal Palace on Sunday evening set up a repeat of the 1990 English FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley.

Bolasie headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner to put Palace in front but after six minutes Troy Deeney sparked the semi-final into life with Watford’s equaliser nine minutes after halftime.

The equaliser, however, only lasted for seven minutes as Wickham popped up with the winning goal on 61 minutes.

Manchester United had defeated Everton 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range and goalkeeper David de Gea also brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty.

An injury-time goal by Anthony Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face Crystal Palace.

Martial’s Late Goal Puts Manchester United Into FA Cup Final

Anthony-Martial leads Man Utd into FA Cup FinalsAn injury-time goal by Anthony Martial in a game against Everton at Wembley was enough for Manchester United to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face either Crystal Palace or Watford with a composed finish in the dying seconds of the semi-final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range – but they were then indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty, the BBC reports.

After a passive first 45 minutes that saw Everton jeered off at half-time, they drew level with 15 minutes left when Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

As the game looked destined for extra-time, Ander Herrera’s poked pass sent Martial clear and the striker showed great composure to drill a low finish past Everton keeper Joel Robles.

England’s international captain, Wayne Rooney, showed his class in a deep-lying role behind United’s attack.

In the opening half especially, afforded time and space by a timid Everton, Rooney not only showed his full range of passes to create chances and dictate the game, he even showed the energy to get back and clear Lukaku’s early goalbound effort off the line.