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Manchester United have recently been linked with Everton star Amadou Onana. And journalist Dean Jones thinks the 21-year-old could become more important for the club than Marouane Fellaini was during his time at Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag is open to strengthening his midfield this summer, despite landing Casemiro and Christian Eriksen last year.
Fellaini moved to United from Everton back in the summer transfer window of 2013, when David Moyes was manager of the Red Devils.
He experienced a torrid first year at the club but then responded by being a crucial player for bosses such as Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
United fans remember Fellaini positively, with the Belgium international sold by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2019.
And Jones, speaking to GiveMeSport, believes Onana could be even more useful than Fellaini should the Everton star move to Old Trafford.
“Fellaini probably became a bit of a cult figure in the end at Manchester United,” he said.
“But Onana could be more than that.
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“His all-round game is so good and he’s still got room for growth.
“I think if they can look into that at the end of the season, it would be a really intriguing one.”
Everton could be forced to sell Onana if they succumb to relegation, with the Toffees hoping to stay in the top flight.
But history suggests United, should they come calling, would be able to land their man.
The Red Devils have raided Everton three times over the past two decades, wearing their rivals in the process.
They recruited Wayne Rooney all the way back in 2004 after the forward flourished for England at the European Championships in Portugal.
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Rooney would go on to become a United legend, winning every trophy possible before returning to Everton in 2017.
Fellaini arrived in 2013, though the Red Devils were thwarted in their attempts to sign Leighton Baines as well.
And, six years ago, United paid a massive £75million to secure the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku hit the ground running, scoring 27 goals from 51 appearances during his first year at the club.
But the forward would go off the boil before being sold to Inter Milan back in the summer transfer window of 2019.
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Speaking back in March, meanwhile, Onana admitted he’d love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world one day.
“I see myself having had a lot of life experiences, which will have made me learn a lot about human beings in general, as well as about myself,” he said.
“I see myself, God willing, in one of the biggest clubs recognised worldwide.”
Onana also admitted that it had been a difficult season for Everton as well.
“It’s not an easy season,” added the youngster.
“I had never played before in a team that fought not to go down, and the fact that Everton is an important club in England, and that it has never gone down to the Championship, that adds a little more pressure.
“But we take it well, we live it well, we know that we have the quality and the ability to keep the club in the Premier League.
“On a personal level, it’s going pretty well, because I’ve evolved in the space of half a season, it shows on the pitch in the maturity of my game.
“I had to adapt quickly, because here , there is less time to think, fit in spaces, turn around… I create a lot more chances than before, because I am more present in the sixteen meters.
“When I took stock of my performances this summer, it was one of the points I wanted to improve.”
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