Fellaini scores in his debut in China

Author: Daily Mail
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini has kicked off his career in China with a bang as he scored the winning goal on his debut for Shandong Luneng Taishan.

The former Manchester United midfielder made the difference in the second half to seal all three points in the opening game of the Chinese Super League season.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as United's interim boss, the Reds have kicked on magnificently while Fellaini was deemed surplus to requirements and was shipped off to China in a £10.4million deal at the start of February.

However, Fellaini showed that he is still a reliable option when it comes to going forward as he finished calmly past Lie Zhang in the Beijing Renhe net on Friday.

As the ball is worked around the area by the hosts, the Belgian midfielder lurks inside the box, waiting for his opportunity.

The ball is then fizzed into midfielder Xinghan Wu on the penalty spot, who controls the ball but has his back to goal and is then forced to dribble back out of the box.

With some quick thinking, Wu turns back towards goal and threads through a neat ball to Fellaini, who is able to turn and then calmly finish in the bottom left corner to break the deadlock before passionately celebrating with his new team-mates.

Jose Mourinho often used Fellaini as a 'plan B' option when United struggled to break down their opponents.

Mourinho's back-up plan involved United's players lumping a lofted ball into Fellaini who would then either nod it down to a team-mate or go for goal himself – a tactic often criticised by fans but often worked for the ex-United manager.

However, his debut goal for Shandong Luneng Taishan will only endear himself to the club's fans as they kicked off their start to the new campaign in one of the best ways possible.

Following the first round of fixtures that were completed on Friday, Shandong Luneng are joint top but are currently fourth due to goal difference.