Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani out of Manchester United match

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

The Belgium worldwide found himself heading towards the free agent pool 18 months ago as his contract at Old Trafford ran down.

A new two-year deal was agreed, with Fellaini snubbing interest from afar in favour of extending his association with the Red Devils.

Julian Draxler, who could also help to fill the void created by Neymar and Cavani, admitted that the South American pair will be missed, but wants his teammates to focus on themselves.

"I always said let's not talk about Manchester United in December and January, let's talk about them in February when the game is coming and the game is now".

"I want us to play with courage, play as a team, together, tight knit, fight, ready to suffer".

Having opted against heading to the French capital, Fellaini ended up spending just six more months in Manchester before eventually moving on.

Manchester United defender Ashley Young has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his immediate impact at Old Trafford, likening him to club legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Explaining that decision, Fellaini said: "I think it was the right time to leave".

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"When Ole Gunnar happened, somehow, I nearly felt that Sir Alex had returned", the England star told L'Equipe . I had attractive seasons.

Fellaini is now an interested observer of the goings-on at Old Trafford, with United enjoying a welcome upturn in form under Solskjaer. He wins a lot of games so it's very impressive.

The Champions League round of 16 kicks off on Tuesday with a big one from "The Theatre of Dreams" as red-hot Manchester United hosts a banged-up Paris Saint-Germain squad without Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Fellaini said of that contest: "I think Manchester United are the favourites".

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"Kylian needs to be free to play with confidence".

"Would I have liked to play for PSG? Yes".

Uruguay striker Cavani, who has scored 192 goals for PSG, sustained a hip muscle injury in Saturday's 1-0 Ligue 1 victory over Girondins de Bordeaux adding to the side's injury woes ahead of the last-16 first leg.

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