There is a reason Marouane Fellaini has not played like the flair player we know he is since signing for United.

His feet hurt.

Because of that the big man with the big hair has had to become adept at being a professional footballer using only his head and chest… and elbows.

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That is adaptability.

Forget those claims that he has no touch, can only pass sideways and once hit a shot so far wide it hit Jose Mourinho in the dugout.

Reports today have cleared it all up; it is all down to the boots he is wearing.

The boots in question

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The boots in question

It has come to light that the Man United man is suing his boot sponsors New Balance for £2 million for “causing considerable damage to his feet”.

It has also been suggested that the New Balance boots have hampered his performance on the pitch.

Yes, that’ll be it.

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Great head on him


Great head on him

The 30-year-old has had to have each pair “steamed and stretched” by a United kit man before every game just to make them fit his size 12 feet.

Fellaini’s legal representative Rosalina Investments says “defective boots” had an “impact” on the midfielder’s performance and he has not enjoyed playing with…

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