Manchester United look to have turned a corner in terms of their performances and it’s mainly down to one player according to manager Louis van Gaal.
That man is Marouane Fellaini.
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The often-criticised Belgian international seems to have finally settled as a Manchester United player, more than a year after completing his £27m move from Everton and has been a regular in the team under van Gaal this season.
He has been used in a variety of positions over the course of the campaign including as a centre forward but in the last two games he has been deployed in a number 10 role just behind Wayne Rooney and in return he has produced a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham Hotspur and was a constant nuisance in the 2-1 win over Liverpool.
This has prompted van Gaal to praise the in-form midfielder, highlighting the different options he offers as vital in his team push for Champions League qualification.
“Fellaini has qualities that now in this moment he can contribute a lot, and that’s why he is playing.” the Dutch manager told the Mirror.
“He also allows me to give balance to the team and that’s important. That’s important for a manager who is looking for the balance of the team.”
“He’s also a player who can give a solution for beating the opponents when they’re pressing, and that’s also a contribution, but he has more contributions.” he added.
van Gaal will be hoping the 6ft4 man will comeback from international duty unscathed as the Red Devils look to maintain their recent good form in the league, with a second placed finish still on the cards.