Fellaini and Chadli as game-changers? This World Cup is absolute chaos | Nick Miller

Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli play bit-part roles at their clubs but proved their worth with goals to beat Japan

Hearts sank like lost shoes in a muddy field in Manchester when the news emerged last week. Derision, resignation, bafflement: United had a perfect opportunity to rid themselves of Marouane Fellaini but instead they gave him a new contract.

If one listened to some of the wailing, it felt as if Fellaini was an irritating house guest, the sort who puts his shoes on the couch and takes bites out of the cheese. The time had come for him to move on but United not only invited him back in for a brew, they made him up a proper bed in the spare room.

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